MP Simon Danczuk’s ongoing campaign to save an “outstanding” nursery from closure has won the support of Rochdale’s council leader.
Mr Danczuk first intervened on behalf of parents and staff at South Street Nursery last month after Rochdale Council proposed closing the school in a bid to cut costs.
The nursery, which first opened its doors to local children 80 years ago, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for nine years in a row.
After persistent lobbying by Mr Danczuk, who even raised the issue in a House of Commons debate, council leader Richard Farnell has confirmed he will recommend that South Street is kept open.
In a letter to Mr Danczuk, Councillor Farnell said: “There have been quite a number of responses to the Council’s consultation on the future of the nursery. I would add that the arguments you, as the local MP, have made have impressed me. You have put forward a very strong and persuasive case for the nursery to remain open.
“The views of local residents is quite clear, and together with the excellent case put forward by their Member of Parliament, I will be recommending the Council approves the following option:
“That the South Street Nursery building remains open with Heybrook CP School responsible for running the facility from September 2016. This will enable better links to be established between the Nursery and the local Primary School which will benefit the long-term education of the children.”
The final decision on the future of South Street Nursery will be made later this month.
Mr Danczuk has organised a public meeting at Wardleworth Community Centre at 4pm on Thursday January 7 so members of the public can show their support for the school.
Mr Danczuk said: “South Street Nursery is a true Rochdale success story and I am proud to have such an excellent facility in our town.
“Parents and staff are understandably concerned about the future and I would urge members of the public to come along on Thursday and show their support for our campaign.”