I was going to write a blog today on parent power but as so often happens the nice Cllr Kemp got there before me and wrote a better one than I could have done! Erica, Tom and I think it woz the parents wot won it!
Erica’s Blog posting
I was delighted to hear today that our local Children’s Centre will not be closed.
I want to put it on record that this is a real tribute to all those parents and staff who mounted wonderful campaign to lobby the council and make their arguments for the centre to remain open.
At a recent council meeting they made one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard and one that I would have like to have made myself.
Throughout their wonderful campaign I have supported the parents and staff as I felt our area was being discriminated against very unfairly.
The e-mails I’ve received from those parents who have been involved in the campaign have reiterated how hard they have worked and how from the beginning they wanted to act in a non political way.
Indeed I was very struck by a particular paragraph from one parent:-
“We thank you for acknowledging the work of the campaign group. It was very hard as parents to devote the time to the campaign but it was worth every minute. It’s not easy to lobby a city council when you have no experience of politics or campaigning but we are highly satisfied that, after much lobbying on our part – writing letters, attending council meetings and voicing our concerns through local media – the Leader of the Councillor and the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services entered into dialogue with us and listened to what the parents had to say. We had no interest in party politics throughout this campaign and tried to ensure we did not enter into the game of political point scoring on this issue. What we can say is that when politicans reconsider decisions as a result of pressure from the electorate, it is a real victory for democracy.”
So, once again congratulations to you all. As a Grandma who likes to use the centre on days when I’m looking after our Granddaughter a big thank you.
We can all now be grateful that this much needed and much used facility in our area will remain open.