Parents quiz council leaders over Haworth children’s centre

About 40 parents attended a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss the future of Haworth’s children’s centre.

The parents, many accompanied by their children, quizzed Bradford Council representatives about their plans for Treetops.

The Rawdon Road children’s centre is among seven across the district that face having funding withdrawn in a move to save the council £2.4 million.

Haworth parish councillor, Peter Hill, who chaired the meeting, said the “excellent” attendance showed there was a lot of support for Treetops.

He added Coun Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for children’s services, had told the meeting he did not want to see Treetops close.

Coun Hill said Treetops might instead remain open as an outreach centre, with staff from Low Fold Family Centre in Keighley running some activities and volunteers operating others.

He added: “Until they’ve done the consultation, it’s a bit chicken and egg – there are a lot of ideas going into the pot.”

The parish council will assess the views of parents and discuss the Treetops issue at its meeting tonight.

District councillor Glen Miller, who represents Worth Valley ward, said many parents at Tuesday’s meeting had feared the closure of Treetops was a “done deal”.

He urged villagers to submit responses to Bradford’s consultation about the potential children’s centre closures, by visiting bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/consultations.

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