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Glossop Mums “Save Our Crèche!”
Tuesday 26th April 2016 @ 09:41 by Tom Greggan

Angry mums have slammed a decision to shut the crèche at Glossop Leisure Centre saying it will affect their way of life.

They claim the only reason they signed up for classes there was because their children would be safely looked after.

Young mum Sara-Jayne Maddox said: “The ladies who run the crèche are amazing, they look after our children while we are exercising.

“But it’s not just about exercising, it’s a social thing. Our children love going, it gets them ready for pre-school, and the mothers make friends.”

The mums called the Chronicle following rumours that the crèche was on borrowed time and could close ‘within weeks’.

They immediately set up an online and paper ‘Save Our Crèche’ petition which had been signed by around 200 people within days.

Mums dispute claims that the crèche is not viable, saying they pay extra on top of their membership to use it.

One mum said: “When I go there are usually 10 children there and sometimes when I phone up to book my children in I am told it is full.

“We are always being told by the Government and councils about the benefit of getting fit and keeping fit.

“We want to, but how can parents achieve it when there is nowhere our children can stay while we are exercising?”

Despite the apparent closure decision, the parents say they will keep up the fight in the hope of a ‘re-think.’

The Chronicle put the parents’ complaints to High Peak Borough Council.

In a statement, the authority said: “Young families who use Glossop Leisure Centre will be offered the chance to take part in more activities together when the crèche closes this summer.

“Places for People (PfP), the company which manages leisure centres in the High Peak on behalf of the borough council, has made the decision to refresh its programmes aimed at young parents following a decline in use of the leisure centre.

“The company is now working on a varied programme of activity sessions that people can take part in together with their young children – and hopefully instil their youngsters with the exercise habit for life.”

Keith Parker, the council’s head of operational services, said: “We understand that some people will be disappointed by the decision to replace the crèche with an alternative programme of activities, but use of this facility has declined significantly and keeping it open is no longer viable.

“Instead we are working with Places for People on an engaging programme of sports and activities that young families can participate in together.

“The programme will be regularly reviewed to ensure that it is something that leisure centre users and their children enjoy taking part in and that the healthy lifestyle young people are engaged in hopefully becomes a habit for life.”