Scrutiny receives children’s centre update

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Proposals by Essex County Council to radically change Children’s Services came under the spotlight again at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Epping Forest District Council on Tuesday 19 July 2016.

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Changes to children’s services 

Scrutiny Vice-chairman Councillor Leon Girling updated councillors following the Essex County Council (ECC) rejection of a call in of its decision to procure new services around a central hub in Epping with the reduction or closure of services in Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Waltham Abbey and Ongar. Councillor Girling is working with Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane to change the county council decision.

Councillor Girling informed fellow district councillors that Councillor Dick Madden, ECC portfolio holder for Children’s Services was due to visit Epping the following day to hear the concerns of local councillors. District councillors also hope to persuade Councillor Madden to visit all the areas of concern at a later date.

Presentations on health, public transport and social services

Councillors reaffirmed the importance of bringing representatives of other public service organisations before the committee. Particular concern was expressed regarding local health services, roads, bus and London Underground services.

Councillors were also anxious to ensure the committee continues to scrutinise social services.