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Campaigners protest as Norfolk children's centres motion is defeated




Norfolk County Council headquarters (3027764)
Norfolk County Council headquarters (3027764)

A consultation on plans to close all but one of West Norfolk’s children’s centres is set to continue after calls for a halt were defeated this week.

Dozens of people protested against the measures outside Norfolk County Council’s meeting on Monday, while two motions calling for the process to be suspended were considered inside the chamber.

Opposition parties have claimed the proposal, which would see the Terrington St Clement centre retained as a district hub while all West Norfolk’s other centres shut, has not been handled properly.

But both were voted down, meaning the consultation will continue until early November, as scheduled.

In a separate debate, a task group is set to be established to look into the authority’s use of plastic following a motion tabled by Sandra Squire.

She had called for the council to introduce a range of measures, including the removal of all chilled water dispensers and plastic cups from meeting rooms, an end to food sales with single use plastic packaging and to ensure no single use cutlery or food containers were used or supplied by the council.

The new group is due to produce a report by next spring.



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