Greens lobby for local children's centre services while Sun Street is closed

18 July 2019

Brenda McGonigle outside Sun Street ('Open' sign possibly inaccurate)

Preparations are under way for a £280,000 upgrade of a popular community centre in east Reading. The project to renovate Sun Street Youth & Community Centre will result in additional community space and a more comprehensive range of Children’s Centre services delivered by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC). Green councillors support the upgrade but are concerned about where services will be provided while the centre is closed and are lobbying for them to be as local as possible.

The work is not due to start until November, however, the level of internal alteration and works involved will require the closure of the centre for the duration of the works, so officers are starting to plan ahead with user groups in the coming weeks. The project is due to be completed in May 2020.

Brenda McGonigle, Green Party councillor said: "it is great that this children's centre is being updated. However because Labour has closed 9 out of 13 of the children's centres in Reading this will make accessing an alternative more difficult for residents. We will lobby the council to make sure as many services as possible remain available locally."

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