Merrishaw Nursery in Merrishaw Road, West Heath is to open its doors to all this week in a bid to see council officials take a step back on plans to close.
The Community Day Nursery (CDN), which has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, is to be closed this Friday 26th August. Staff and parents are hoping to welcome supporters including MP Richard Burden, local councillors and local people in to their open day this Wednesday, where they hope to be celebrating a council U-turn to delay to the closure, rather than commiserating over their lost nursery.
On July 30th parents, staff and supporters led a protest march from the nursery to Hampstead House where Councillor Randall Brew was holding a surgery. Parents have been campaigning against the closure since 2010.
They presented him with a petition against the cuts and, although he was reluctant to see a way in which the nursery could be maintained as is, managed to convince him to seek a reprieve from Birmingham City Council in the form of a postponement pending a full consultation. He has been supported in this proposal by Northfield Councillor Reg Corns, who helped establish the facility, and MP Richard Burden.
All CDNs in the city are set to close due to funding cuts and children and families are being offered alternative services. Mowbray CDN in Frankley was closed in July.
In a press release, via Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts who are supporting the campaign, the Merrishaw parents make the following appeal:
“On Wednesday 24th August there is to be an open day at the nursery. We are urgently appealing for the local Councillors, the MP, and prospective Councillors for 2012 to attend at 12pm and declare a reversal of the closure decision and to change the nature of the event from a wake to a celebration.”
We will keep you updated on the closure plans.