March 3, 2011
Updated: Burnham and Highbridge children's centres to merge
Octopus Children's Centre is to be merged with Highbridge and
Cheddar under cost-cutting
proposals that will see a cluster of centres being formed, Somerset
County Council announced this week.
None of the centres will close, however the plans could lead
to two of the three centre managers being laid off as just one
will oversee the new 'Sedgemoor 1' cluster.
Up to nine managers are being laid off across Somerset and the
remaining eight will each look after a number of centres rather
than just one.
A spokesman for Somerset County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Highbridge will be one of three childrens centres
in a North Sedgemoor cluster with one manager across the three
centres (Highbridge, Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar). We are also
looking at securing an extra part time post for family support
"With any changes, Somerset County Council is trying to make
sure that front line services are protected."
Eventually, the council hopes the centres will be handed over
to charities to run. The council says the plan will save £667,000.