Polmont community centre could close

Polmont Childminding Group have been told to find new premesis - despite a decision on the closure not being made until February
Polmont Childminding Group have been told to find new premesis - despite a decision on the closure not being made until February
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A childminding group has been told its venue is closing down - despite an official decision not being made until February next year.

Greenpark Childminding Group meets weekly at Polmont Community Hall but received a letter last week from the hall management saying it was to close.

Kirsty Tait from the group said the closure would be a huge loss to the community and leave them with nowhere to meet.

Kirsty, from Brightons, has been a childminder for five years and has been attending the support group since she started.

She said: “I find it hard to believe a decision hasn’t already been made on the future of the hall given we’ve been told to find an alternative premises.”

The group had met at Polmont’s Greenpark Centre for over 20 years, providing a space for childminders to take their children to play and support one another, until last year when the council upped the charges from a few pounds a week to £28 per hour.

It relocated to the community hall and says it’s running out of options if it closes down.

A spokesperson from Falkirk Council said the closure was part of the budget proposal but a final decision wouldn’t be made until the budget meeting in February next year.

They added: “No decision on closure of facilities has taken place and we understand that the management committee has written to the group directly.”

Since the Falkirk Herald became involved, the group has been offered a more affordable rate at the Greenpark Centre.