Gordon Henderson, the MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, has written to Kent County Council opposing the proposed closure of Woodgrove Children’s Centre in Sittingbourne, and a reduction in hours at Beaches and Lilypad Children’s Centres on Sheppey.
In a letter seen by ITV Meridian he says, the decision to close the centres in 'deeply flawed' and has raised concerns about the consequences it will have on 'vulnerable constituents.'
The suggestion that Woodgrove and Beaches do not serve areas in which children and families need early support services is bizarre. In fact, both areas contain many families who require support, not least because their children have special needs.
He also added:
The suggestion that Woodgrove is only 800 meters from Sittingbourne Library is laughable. It might be true if you are a bird, but most of the centre users are not crows, they are people, many of whom do not have their own transport!"