Reprieved! Tower Hamlets Council U-turn over nursery closures

Four nurseries threatened with closure by Tower Hamlets Council have been reprieved.

Queen Mary Day Nursery, Overland Day Nursery, Mary Sambrook Day Nursery and John Smith Day Nursery are to be removed from the savings proposals that will be put to the full Council.

The decision by Mayor Rahman was made at last night’s (December 3rd) Council meeting and comes after weeks of campaigning by residents and politicians.

Vicious cuts

Responding to the about turn Cllr. Danny Hassell, Labour Spokesperson for Schools, said:

“…The parents who have been campaigning against this vicious cut have run a very strong campaign and they should be very proud of their work. The Labour Group will continue to support them and their families as we move forward.”

Mum power wins

His views were echoed by Cllr. Rachael Saunders,  Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, but she warned residents that the battle to save key services was not over.

“..The Save our Nurseries campaign, led by local mums, has done a brilliant job of demonstrating to us all why these nurseries are so important. Our work is not yet done – we will continue to fight proposed cuts to vital local services, including social care and children’s centres..”


At the last Council meeting Tower Hamlets First were the only political party to vote against a motion to stop the closures.

LBTH Councillors' Portraits - 28May14
Cllr. Shahed Ali

After last week’s meeting Tower Hamlet’s First Cllr. Shahed Ali (left) was quoted in the East London Advertiser as saying:

“The reason I can’t support this motion us because it’s asking us to totally withdraw our proposal. It would be immature to make an off-the-cuff decision when we already plan to consult on how best to provide for our children.”

Nice immature decision Shahed.

Most people could work out that closing public nurseries is not the best way to provide for the East End’s children without having to carry out a consultation exercise.

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