Hours slashed at Basildon's children's centres in bid to save millions

The Triangle Children's Centre in Wickford is under threat

The Triangle Children's Centre in Wickford is under threat

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CHILDREN’S centre services in Basildon are to be scaled back, despite hundreds of objections.

Hours will be slashed at six centres across the borough, with two groups set to close down and move into a former home for problematic teenagers – sparking local outrage.

Essex County Council’s cabinet will vote on the proposals next week, which are recommended for approval.

If passed it will save £2.5million from its children’s centre budget.

Councillors are looking to press ahead despite more than 70 per cent of people opposing the plans in a consultation.

Both Laindon Park Children’s Centre and the Hills Children’s Centre, both of which are currently operates from the All About Children’s Centre in Basildon, will close down and move into The Limes, in New Century Road.

The building is a former home for troubled teens and Basildon councillors claim it has blighted resident’s lives for years.

Basildon Tory councillor John Dornan, who represents Laindon Park, said: “This is just typical from County Hall, with them having no foresight as they closed the original Limes because of budget issues.

“They have got no consideration for the residents down there and I’m absolutely appalled. It’s on a busy junction and these residents have had issues for years. If Basildon Council was the planning authority we would reject it.

“Where have the local county councillors been with this? They said they were going to hold County Hall to account but they’ve been pointless.”

Last year, the Echo revealed the Triangle Children’s Centre, in Ivron Hill Road, Wickford, is the fourth best used facility in the county, with just under 1,000 youngsters through its doors over two months.

Under the plans it will have its hours cut from 45 to 10.

County Hall insists savings will come from reduced running costs of the buildings.

Councillor Dick Madden, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We have actively worked with our children's centre providers to make sure the impact these proposals have on services is kept to a minimum.

“I truly believe that this new, flexible way of working, which focuses on services rather than sites, will mean that the children's centre staff will be able to provide the services that families need and want."

County Hall could not give the Echo a cost breakdown of how much its public consultation on the centre cost.

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11:45am Thu 16 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools.

Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.
Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools. Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers. Kim Gandy
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12:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools.

Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.
Savings have to be made, due to the last Government becoming the squanderers of the cash.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools. Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.[/p][/quote]Savings have to be made, due to the last Government becoming the squanderers of the cash. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -1

5:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools.

Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.
You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers?

Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..?

You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools. Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.[/p][/quote]You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers? Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..? You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim LauqhLast..
  • Score: 5

6:08pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Priorities all wrong. Children are the future. Fight it.
Priorities all wrong. Children are the future. Fight it. jolllyboy
  • Score: 2

7:23pm Thu 16 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Priorities all wrong. Children are the future. Fight it.
Our future is doomed then if they are all difficult trouble makers with 'issues'
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Priorities all wrong. Children are the future. Fight it.[/p][/quote]Our future is doomed then if they are all difficult trouble makers with 'issues' RochfordRob
  • Score: -2

7:28pm Thu 16 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

LauqhLast.. wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools.

Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.
You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers?

Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..?

You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim
Yes, that's true. That is why they are called a 'minority' however, their propensity to misbehave is disproportionately higher than the majority.

'Blathering' Pot, kettle, kettle, pot.
[quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools. Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.[/p][/quote]You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers? Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..? You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim[/p][/quote]Yes, that's true. That is why they are called a 'minority' however, their propensity to misbehave is disproportionately higher than the majority. 'Blathering' Pot, kettle, kettle, pot. RochfordRob
  • Score: -1

7:52pm Thu 16 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

RochfordRob wrote:
LauqhLast.. wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools.

Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.
You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers?

Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..?

You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim
Yes, that's true. That is why they are called a 'minority' however, their propensity to misbehave is disproportionately higher than the majority.

'Blathering' Pot, kettle, kettle, pot.
More 'Gandism'
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools. Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.[/p][/quote]You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers? Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..? You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim[/p][/quote]Yes, that's true. That is why they are called a 'minority' however, their propensity to misbehave is disproportionately higher than the majority. 'Blathering' Pot, kettle, kettle, pot.[/p][/quote]More 'Gandism' LauqhLast..
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mikkel1 says...

WHY don't they start by SLASHING some of the Super - Salaries of management, making them live on the same as REAL workers?

Then and ONLY then, they will make TREMENDOUS savings, full-stop.
WHY don't they start by SLASHING some of the Super - Salaries of management, making them live on the same as REAL workers? Then and ONLY then, they will make TREMENDOUS savings, full-stop. Mikkel1
  • Score: 1

7:37am Fri 17 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

LauqhLast.. wrote:
RochfordRob wrote:
LauqhLast.. wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools.

Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.
You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers?

Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..?

You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim
Yes, that's true. That is why they are called a 'minority' however, their propensity to misbehave is disproportionately higher than the majority.

'Blathering' Pot, kettle, kettle, pot.
More 'Gandism'
So, nothing to say then ( as usual) thanks for your 'contribution'.

Not.
[quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools. Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.[/p][/quote]You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers? Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..? You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim[/p][/quote]Yes, that's true. That is why they are called a 'minority' however, their propensity to misbehave is disproportionately higher than the majority. 'Blathering' Pot, kettle, kettle, pot.[/p][/quote]More 'Gandism'[/p][/quote]So, nothing to say then ( as usual) thanks for your 'contribution'. Not. RochfordRob
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Fri 17 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

RochfordRob wrote:
LauqhLast.. wrote:
RochfordRob wrote:
LauqhLast.. wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools.

Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.
You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers?

Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..?

You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim
Yes, that's true. That is why they are called a 'minority' however, their propensity to misbehave is disproportionately higher than the majority.

'Blathering' Pot, kettle, kettle, pot.
More 'Gandism'
So, nothing to say then ( as usual) thanks for your 'contribution'.

Not.
You quoted what I had to say...didn't you notice?
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet we are stumping up £440,000 for the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" to monitor "racism" in schools. Never mind the wider community eh, so long as we can keep "monitoring" people who object to paying a fortune for a minority of lawbreakers.[/p][/quote]You feel all Ethnic Minority AND Travellers are minority lawbreakers? Does that suggest that the rest of society is made up of a majority of lawbreakers..? You really dont see the nuances behind your blathering do you Kim[/p][/quote]Yes, that's true. That is why they are called a 'minority' however, their propensity to misbehave is disproportionately higher than the majority. 'Blathering' Pot, kettle, kettle, pot.[/p][/quote]More 'Gandism'[/p][/quote]So, nothing to say then ( as usual) thanks for your 'contribution'. Not.[/p][/quote]You quoted what I had to say...didn't you notice? LauqhLast..
  • Score: 1

9:15am Sun 19 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

To remind you of you paucity of contribution.

We all you know you're a bit slow, so just doing a little bit to help.

What are you called today by the way? Helps others keep track of you. Some of us have other methods.

ha ha ha ha.

Will you be taking Kim up on her challenge - the battle of the dossiers?

Naah, thought not. You don't have the cojonés.

Go on, wriggle, squirm and slime your way out of that.
To remind you of you paucity of contribution. We all you know you're a bit slow, so just doing a little bit to help. What are you called today by the way? Helps others keep track of you. Some of us have other methods. ha ha ha ha. Will you be taking Kim up on her challenge - the battle of the dossiers? Naah, thought not. You don't have the cojonés. Go on, wriggle, squirm and slime your way out of that. RochfordRob
  • Score: -1

7:42pm Sun 19 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
To remind you of you paucity of contribution.

We all you know you're a bit slow, so just doing a little bit to help.

What are you called today by the way? Helps others keep track of you. Some of us have other methods.

ha ha ha ha.

Will you be taking Kim up on her challenge - the battle of the dossiers?

Naah, thought not. You don't have the cojonés.

Go on, wriggle, squirm and slime your way out of that.
You feel you opinion is binding to everyone else?

When did the 'angel' tell you this?

Well you were called Rochford Rob but after you were banned for swearing and using foul innuendo on a thread about a young girl you had to change it to your present one..yet doesn't stop you pointing out others have changed their username too..

Too many people trying to steal my thunder by mimicking my username, and too many rather stupid people not being able to distinguishing between the real and the fake ie you!

But all that has been explained to you on 3 other threads..is it too much for you to take in?

If your "ping" is anything to go by you know nothing about much..otherwise I'd not have to explain AGAIN to you; Kim is as confused as you as to whom she is posting in reply to...those posters are not me...and any real investigation would show that abundantly.

The username Iv got now has been picked for a reason...a reason you will be aware of if you fall into that category..you know what i mean dont you..;)
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: To remind you of you paucity of contribution. We all you know you're a bit slow, so just doing a little bit to help. What are you called today by the way? Helps others keep track of you. Some of us have other methods. ha ha ha ha. Will you be taking Kim up on her challenge - the battle of the dossiers? Naah, thought not. You don't have the cojonés. Go on, wriggle, squirm and slime your way out of that.[/p][/quote]You feel you opinion is binding to everyone else? When did the 'angel' tell you this? Well you were called Rochford Rob but after you were banned for swearing and using foul innuendo on a thread about a young girl you had to change it to your present one..yet doesn't stop you pointing out others have changed their username too.. Too many people trying to steal my thunder by mimicking my username, and too many rather stupid people not being able to distinguishing between the real and the fake ie you! But all that has been explained to you on 3 other threads..is it too much for you to take in? If your "ping" is anything to go by you know nothing about much..otherwise I'd not have to explain AGAIN to you; Kim is as confused as you as to whom she is posting in reply to...those posters are not me...and any real investigation would show that abundantly. The username Iv got now has been picked for a reason...a reason you will be aware of if you fall into that category..you know what i mean dont you..;) ThisYear
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