Stop the Closure of Harvey Nursery!

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Bolton Council is proposing to close the last council-run nursery in Bolton, claiming it can no longer afford to run it.

The popular, high quality Harvey Nursery in Great Lever serves some of the most deprived families in Bolton. We believe that, should the closure go ahead, it will have a long-term negative impact on children, parents and dedicated professionals.  Consequently this will have a detrimental effect educationally and socially both now and in the future. Furthermore, the proposals make no economic sense.

Fourteen jobs will be lost and sixty children will have to be found alternative places, if plans are approved. The Council claim the Nursery is running at a deficit of £67,000 and this is not affordable. Yet the council can afford to borrow £300m to do up the town centre. How is this justified?

We, the undersigned, believe Bolton Council needs to have an urgent look at it's social priorities and take action now to save Harvey Nursery.



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