Sussex

East Sussex council considers merging children's centres

Children's centres in East Sussex could be merged under changes being considered by the county council.

Under the proposals, services provided to families would not be cut, but eight centres would be merged to become four.

The council said no staff would lose their jobs although a number of vacancies and additional posts would not have to be filled.

It added that some services would be delivered "from better buildings with better facilities".

'No job cuts'

Councillor Nick Bennett stressed that it was not a cost-cutting exercise, but the proposals would prevent the need to appoint additional management posts.

"This is really about making sure all our children's centre buildings are fit for purpose, are in the right place, and can all really provide the best range and quality of facilities and services for young families," he said.

There are 35 children's centres across the county providing advice and support for parents and carers of children under the age of five.

Under the proposals, Eastbourne's West Rise centre would merge with Eastbourne Shinewater; Robertsbridge centre would merge with Battle; Pebsham would merge with Sidley; and Hailsham's Dunbar Drive centre would merge with Hailsham East Children's Centre.

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