David Cameron has signalled his support for the Save The ACE Centre campaign.
Talking to BBC Radio Oxford, he said he “feel[s] very strongly about children’s centres” and added that he would be in touch with Oxfordshire County Council in his capacity as our local MP.
ACE Centre services are threatened by proposed Oxfordshire County Council budget cuts that could see children’s centres countywide decimated.
David Cameron’s comments follow his meeting with supporters of Chippy’s ACE Children’s Centre on Saturday, the latter being in town in their yellow campaign t-shirts to publicise the threats to the centre and gather petition signatures (Jonathan Mazower’s photo of the Prime Minister’s appearance in town is on the BBC website here – see the last slide in the slideshow).
There are currently 44 children’s centres in Oxfordshire, but the proposed cuts would leave just seven of them open.
The ACE Centre, on the corner of Burford Road and Albion Street, offers the local community a range of services to support mothers and their young children.
For more information on the campaign, see the Save the ACE Centre Facebook page. There is also an online petition against the proposed closures of Oxfordshire children’s centres, which can be accessed here.
A full report on the campaign, and Oxfordshire County Council’s proposals, will be in the next edition of Chipping Norton News, on sale on 28 October.