A protest against the potential closure of children’s centres in Oxfordshire will take place in High Street, Banbury, on Saturday.
Campaigners will be at the bandstand from 10am to 3pm.
There are currently 44 children’s centres in Oxfordshire but Oxfordshire County Council says it is likely to be proposing the closure of a number of centres as it attempts to save an additional £61 million over the next five years due to Government cash cuts.
The council’s budget proposals will be published in December with a final decision to be made in February. But the Banbury Guardian has seen a document that shows only one Banbury centre has so far been earmarked to remain open and no provision has been identified for Chipping Norton.
Campaigner Jill Huish is urging residents to go along to the bandstand on Saturday. She said: “This is a great opportunity to educate the general public about what vital services our children’s centres provide, and also to get more signatures and support before the county council meeting on Tuesday, November 5.
“Everyone’s welcome, wherever you’re from – let’s stick together and show everyone how much Oxfordshire needs its children’s centres!”
Protestors are planning to present a petition at Tuesday’s council meeting which starts at 10am at County Hall in Oxford.
For more information see Save Our Children’s Centres: Oxfordshire Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/619216114784040