Parents petition Council to protect their Playgroups

Parents at Friendly Gardens and Telegraph Hill will present a petition to Lewisham Council tomorrow to protect their playgroups.

Cuts to be decided by the Mayor of Lewisham in February 2013 could force the playgroups, along with others in the Borough, to close.

The Council is trying to facilitate community offers to keep the playgroups but some concerns have been expressed by recent campaigners.

Telegraph Hill Playclub Campaigner Laura Seabright says “A community run solution is a good alternative to losing the Playclubs but will the Council assure us that they won’t allow private providers to cash in on under 5s and will support the building of sustainable, free at the point of access, drop in play provision for our children?”

Eastlondonlines visited Telegraph Hill in November when the local playgroup handed in their first petition and will be joining them again tomorrow as representatives from Telegraph hill and Friendly Gardens, as well as local parents will be presenting another petition to a council representative.

Telegraph Hill play club initiated the first petition in November 2012 and will be hosting tomorrow’s presentation at 12 noon.

If you’re a parent and are concerned about your local playgroup, you can get involved by joining the local campaign.

A meeting has been arranged at Telegraph Hill Centre for parents, carers and childminders to get an update on Council cuts and discuss future plans for playgroups in the borough on January 30, 2013.

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