Children's centre petition signed by 600
A PETITION featuring more than 600 names in a bid to safeguard the future of the children's centre at The Balsam Centre in Wincanton is to be presented to Somerset County Council on Monday.
Wincanton resident Chris Hill set up the petition after he became concerned that the centre will lose funding following the county council's public consultation asking for views to help decide how and where its services will operate in future.
"I am not surprised in the slightest by the level of support this petition has achieved in a little over a month," he said.
Tim Carroll, chairman of the board of trustees at the Balsam Centre, said that the future of the children's centre was now in the hands of the county council.
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He said: "We appreciate the support that people show us, and I do urge people to make their representations not just through the survey but also through their councillors."
The presentation of the petition comes as Dorset County Council announced the closure of Blandford Nursery, Shaftesbury Nursery and Oscars Out of School Club in Blandford from March next year as all three were "losing a significant amount of money", expected to total around £134,000 by April.
Copies of Mr Hill's petition can still be found in Papertrees and Divine Wines on Wincanton High Street.
Residents can also access the county council's online survey by visiting www.somersetconsults.org.uk which is open until Monday.