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MP delighted at “hat trick” of successes

27th November 2013
MP delighted at “hat trick” of successes

Local MP Gordon Henderson has welcomed news that the Woodgrove Children’s Centre in Sittingbourne has been saved.

Mr Henderson has been lobbying the Kent County Council hard to keep the centre open ever since its possible closure was announced early in the Summer.

News that the Woodgrove Centre is to remain open follows hard on the heels of the announcement that tenants of the Phoenix Centre in Sittingbourne have been given another three years by the KCC in which to find alternative accommodation and news this week that Faces of Kent have been given an emergency grant by the KCC to continue their work with young carers.

Mr Henderson, who lobbied the KCC also on behalf of both Phoenix House and Faces of Kent, said:

“I am absolutely delighted to hear the news about the Woodgrove Children’s Centre. I know this will come as an enormous relief to Rob Jobe and his hard working staff; and of course to the many parents who receive such an excellent service from them.

“I started lobbying the KCC as soon as news broke that they were considering closing Woodgrove, but this success was not just down to my actions; it was a joint community effort and I would like to pay tribute to all those who helped save the centre, including the local county councillor, Roger Truelove, and Swale Borough Councillors Andrew Bowles and Mike Whiting, all of whom lobbied the KCC.

“I am grateful to Jenny Whittle for taking the trouble to visit Woodgrove and listen to our concerns about the possible closure of the centre. More importantly, I am grateful that she actually understood fully those concerns. I am sure that all those people who use Woodgrove will be as pleased as I am that Jenny and the KCC have decided against closing this very important local asset.

“Of course, this success follows the recent announcement that threats to Phoenix House and Faces of Kent have been lifted. I am delighted that with the help of so many people in Sittingbourne we have had a hat trick of successes in our efforts to protect such important local services.”

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