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The County Council are seeking to save a further £1 million on Children's Services in the next financial year - this comes on the heels of a £1.55 million cut in the last 3 years.

As a lead in to the cuts the County Council are making they are holding a consultation on a re-arrangement and reduction of Children's Centres throughout the county.  The County and City Labour Party are opposing this change and are supported by Daniel Zeichner (our Labour MP).

 

Part of this reduction in Children's Centres will mean Romsey Mill will no longer be a venue for County Council Services and there is every likelihood that Romsey Mill's team will no longer deliver the service that they have provided.  Many residents of Romsey and the wider city are more than aware of the excellence service that the team from Romsey Mill have provided and have been in touch with us to ask what can be done.

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Well first, we are asking everyone to read the consultation document https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/consultation-starts-on-children-s-centre-proposals/

And then we hope people will complete the actual consultation  

As a means of alerting people to the potential outcome of this consultation, I am asking if in reality this is 'a consultation on 'Children's Centres' or is this taking place as a cover to cut services?  I am doing this because people are questioning if the County Council will use this consultation to actually cut the service that is currently provided and not just the centres where services are being delivered.

One potential answer to that question is "Yes," because it seems unlikely that the County Council can save the £1 million they are planning to save from Children's Services if they don't cut services?

What I find amazing is that the proposal claims it will 'create family friendly services in the heart of the community'.  What I ask is Romsey Mill doing at present?  The services they provide are at the heart of our community and they are family friendly.  

One user of Romsey Mill has said the following:

“When I had my first child I didn’t have any parent friends and I felt so isolated. It was suggested that I visited the local children’s centre and that was where I found my community.

“It was a real safety net for me and I don’t know what I would have done without it".

Here in Romsey we will be campaigning against the proposed cuts to services and this page will be updated as we develop our strategy.  In the meantime you may wish to complete the consultation 

We are about to start a campaign in Romsey to defend children’s services, and because it is Romsey Mill we have a responsibility to represent an institution that may operate county wide but has its home is here in Romsey.

Some facts about Romsey Mill.

Romsey Mill’s Children’s Centre and staff have been contracted by the County Council to deliver support & services for families since 2008: the current contract ends on 31st March 2018.

Romsey Mill are also contracted to deliver services and support for Cherry Hinton Children’s Centre, but the majority of the staff are seconded from the County Council: the current contract ends on 31st March 2018. 

Romsey Mill are also contracted by the County Council to deliver Teenage Parents Support across the whole of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire and this is funded via Children’s Centre’s: the current contract ends on 31st March 2018. 

No discussion took place with Romsey Mill about the current proposals or the consultation that was agreed by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children’s & Young Committee on 11th July and went live on the 18th.

There is confusion about the relevance and accuracy of data and information and it is argued that some of this is misleading.

Romsey Mill are arguing that it is detrimental to the wellbeing of children and families to make further cuts to the funding of services to support the most vulnerable families in Cambridgeshire. 

Romsey Mill also recognises the current provision is preventative and that if early intervention is lost this will inevitably cost the County Council, and wider society, much more money as problems intensify and escalate and safeguarding, social care, police and health services are required to intercede later.

 

The County Council are seeking to save a further £1 million on Children's Services in the next financial year - this comes on the heels of a £1.55 million cut in the last 3 years.

As a lead in to the cuts the County Council are making they are holding a consultation on a re-arrangement and reduction of Children's Centres throughout the county.  The County and City Labour Party are opposing this change and are supported by Daniel Zeichner (our Labour MP).

 

Part of this reduction in Children's Centres will mean Romsey Mill will no longer be a venue for County Council Services and there is every likelihood that Romsey Mill's team will no longer deliver the service that they have provided.  Many residents of Romsey and the wider city are more than aware of the excellence service that the team from Romsey Mill have provided and have been in touch with us to ask what can be done.

Romsey_Mill.jpg

 

Well first, we are asking everyone to read the consultation document https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/consultation-starts-on-children-s-centre-proposals/

And then we hope people will complete the actual consultation  

As a means of alerting people to the potential outcome of this consultation, I am asking if in reality this is 'a consultation on 'Children's Centres' or is this taking place as a cover to cut services?  I am doing this because people are questioning if the County Council will use this consultation to actually cut the service that is currently provided and not just the centres where services are being delivered.

One potential answer to that question is "Yes," because it seems unlikely that the County Council can save the £1 million they are planning to save from Children's Services if they don't cut services?

What I find amazing is that the proposal claims it will 'create family friendly services in the heart of the community'.  What I ask is Romsey Mill doing at present?  The services they provide are at the heart of our community and they are family friendly.  

One user of Romsey Mill has said the following:

“When I had my first child I didn’t have any parent friends and I felt so isolated. It was suggested that I visited the local children’s centre and that was where I found my community.

“It was a real safety net for me and I don’t know what I would have done without it".

Here in Romsey we will be campaigning against the proposed cuts to services and this page will be updated as we develop our strategy.  In the meantime you may wish to complete the consultation 

We are about to start a campaign in Romsey to defend children’s services, and because it is Romsey Mill we have a responsibility to represent an institution that may operate county wide but has its home is here in Romsey.

Some facts about Romsey Mill.

Romsey Mill’s Children’s Centre and staff have been contracted by the County Council to deliver support & services for families since 2008: the current contract ends on 31st March 2018.

Romsey Mill are also contracted to deliver services and support for Cherry Hinton Children’s Centre, but the majority of the staff are seconded from the County Council: the current contract ends on 31st March 2018. 

Romsey Mill are also contracted by the County Council to deliver Teenage Parents Support across the whole of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire and this is funded via Children’s Centre’s: the current contract ends on 31st March 2018. 

No discussion took place with Romsey Mill about the current proposals or the consultation that was agreed by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children’s & Young Committee on 11th July and went live on the 18th.

There is confusion about the relevance and accuracy of data and information and it is argued that some of this is misleading.

Romsey Mill are arguing that it is detrimental to the wellbeing of children and families to make further cuts to the funding of services to support the most vulnerable families in Cambridgeshire. 

Romsey Mill also recognises the current provision is preventative and that if early intervention is lost this will inevitably cost the County Council, and wider society, much more money as problems intensify and escalate and safeguarding, social care, police and health services are required to intercede later.

One Mother has this to say about Romsey Mill Children's Services

“I first visited Romsey Mill when I was 17, and pregnant with my first child. I started antenatal there and it was a lifeline, I had no idea what to expect when I fell pregnant. I had no friends with children and was on my own. I learnt most of the things I know from Romsey Mill. The group was friendly and helpful. I was very isolated and had post natal depression and this was a huge lifeline. They would pick me up and take us to group. The family workers helped me no end with various things , benefits , housing, relationships , other organisations. I then went on to have a second child and stayed on at Romsey Mill by doing courses , such as maths , English , first aid etc . It was a great help for my confidence and to gain some kind of education whilst having free childcare . I also kept and made a lot of friends.”

 

 

 See what the Cambridge News has to say: 

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/i-dont-know-what-would-13350311

Decisions relating to the final proposals for Children’s Centre Services will be taken by the Children and Young People Committee meets in the autumn. 

To protect services currently being offered 2 children by  please fill in questionnaire 

Taken from the County Council's website https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/consultation-starts-on-children-s-centre-proposals/ 

A consultation to redesign Children’s Centre Services has gone live, which aims to ensure every child thrives in Cambridgeshire. 

Families can read more about the consultation here and share their views.

The wide ranging plans, from Cambridgeshire County Council, propose to create ‘family friendly’ services in the heart of communities. It builds on the current offer, offering support to families of all ages, from expectant parents to young adults. The proposals look to deliver the same level of services in a more local way, so those families can access them easily.

The new children centre services will be more flexible and tailored for each community delivered in places they know or already use, and in doing so, the Council will make savings of £1 million.

The proposals will also see Children’s Centres work more closely with parents and health professionals to provide a set of integrated services that seamlessly support communities. This service could include health visitors, midwifery and speech therapists. The new approach includes:

  • 10 Child and Family Centres, delivered across 15 buildings, that will continue to offer services in places of high need with extended opening hours, with skilled staff able to meet families needs
  • 12 Child and Family Zones - these willuse community spaces, such as libraries and community centres, to deliver a range of services, including baby and toddler groups, activities for families with disabilities and places for community groups to meet. A video of a Child and Family zone can be seen here
  • Outreach Programme – The Child and Family Centres workforce will deliver support across a range of community venues so families, particularly in rural locations, can access a regular programme of services and responsive support.
  • Online Offer – there will be a comprehensive online offer to provide information and advice to help and support families

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “The welfare of families across Cambridgeshire is our top priority. They have told us that Children Centre Services are not always in places where they are needed most.  We want to change this to ensure we have the right services, support and opportunities available for families if and when they need us.

“This is the right time to be setting out our proposals as we need to make sure that these key services are able to meet the challenges of the future. However, we cannot shape these services without your views. Local people are the experts on their communities and know what is needed where they live. Whatever your views, we would welcome your feedback by inviting you to take part in our consultation.”

The consultation ends on 22 September 2017. Hard copy versions of the consultation can be found at Children Centres and Libraries. Frontline staff will also be at a range of events across the summer. Details of these events can be found on the consultation.

Website content can be translated for speakers of other language using the inbuilt google translate function. We can provide versions of the consultation in other languages and braille on request.  Please contact ask.childrenscentres@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Decisions relating to the final proposals for Children’s Centre Services will be taken by the Children and Young People Committee meets in the autumn. 

 

Meanwhile Labour and Jeremy Corbin are offering this

 

 

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5-7-17 Romsey Labour put forward a range of objections to the development of this site as student housing and at the recent planning committee the application was rejected.

We have contacted the developer to ask for a further meeting

 

The plans to build more student accommodation in Romsey means no affordable housing.

To see and comment on the plans for this development go to this link

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Previously we had said:

In another good example of how we can all gain from consultations, the team planning the development of the Labour Club site met with Romsey councillors and EMRAG yesterday (2-2-15).  

The nursery, which labour had called for, remains in the current draft plan, but the majority of the accommodation in the draft plan presented for discussion was for student flats.  

For my part I argued that "what is wanted is homes for workers."  I called for at least 40% to be social housing and for the remainder to be homes aimed at Cambridge residents.   

The meeting was cordial and both groups have adjourned to review the situation.

For my part I remain clear - Romsey needs homes for local workers and that this should be reflected in this important local site. 

  

 

 11th July 2014

There was a meeting with the owner to discuss his plans for the Labour Club Building on the 11th July 2014 and he explained how his preliminary thoughts were to provide a space for a nursery (this was a labour suggestion), a retail unit, some community space and accommodation (potentially for students or professionals).  
The front face and side elevation will be retained.
Following the discussions we now await more concrete plans.

Many local people will have connections to this club. For some it will have been a regular or occasional watering hole. For others it will be the place where they arranged gigs and meetings. There will be many who held receptions, parties and events and for all these people this announcement will come both as a surprise and a regret.
Are we going to see developers try to knock it down and build yet more flats or will they try to work within the existing building? No one knows and this lack of knowledge will be a difficulty for anyone trying to challenge or even understand this change. People in Romsey that I talk to are getting very tired of the constant development and re-development and the lack of concern by developers for the wishes of the people.
Time will tell, and I suppose it is wrong to speculate too much but we are entitled to a say in any change of use or worse and I for one will be trying to organise support to ensure that democracy and localism can work.

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If we are going to save this historic building then we need to act fast, the club is now closed and we wait to see what the developers plan.
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