Fight is on to save creche

Mums and children outside the Hudson Leisure Centre where there centre's creche is too close.

Mums and children outside the Hudson Leisure Centre where there centre's creche is too close.

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WORRIED mums have launched a petition in a bid to save a busy Wisbech creche from closing.

The creche at the Hudson Leisure Centre is currently under threat of closure by Fenland Council as part of cost cutting measures.

But Laura Overland, who has used the creche for the past three and a half years for her two sons, claims the closure could impact on the leisure centre and could cause a fall in the numbers of people using it.

“I use it three or four times a week as both my husband and myself have gym membership. We pay over £600 a year, but we will have to think again if the creche closes as it will be difficult to get the use out of the gym if we can’t find child care,” said Laura.

She said the crerche is so well used it is often difficult to book a space.

“You can only book a week in advance so I always ring at 6.30am on a Monday to make sure I can book places three or four times a week for my sons. The staff are fantastic and the children love going to the creche.

“It is quite cheap at £3 for one-and-a-half hours or £3.50 for two hours, and I know people would be willing to pay a bit more if it meant the creche could stay open,” said Laura, who has already gathered 250 signatures on a petition.