Could the Ryefield Centre in Ross-on-Wye be sold

By Ross Gazette reporter in Other News

The Ryefield Centre could be sold for development if Herefordshire Council proposals are given the go-ahead. The future of all the ten children’s centres across Herefordshire, including the one at the Ryefield Centre, Ross-on-Wye, are being considered.

Herefordshire Council wants local resident’s views on the future use and management of the buildings used as children’s centres.

The council is looking to reuse the buildings to address an increased need for nursery places and school use, although each centre has a different option relating to its locality.

It is suggested that the Ryefield Centre, would form part of a new school site, as presented within the emerging Ross Neighbourhood Plan. In the short term (within 12 months) the space at Ross Library would be reconfigured to include children’s centre services. This would free up the Ryefields building for development opportunity.

There are ten children’s centre buildings across Herefordshire which support children under the age of five and their families. Children’s centres have previously been used to deliver services such as parenting classes, supervised contact and activities for children and families. More recently, much of this work also takes place out in the community.

Children’s centres are largely council buildings and are in addition to services organised or commissioned by the council at other venues, such as community halls and home visits. Many of the current facilities for health visitors and midwife clinics will still be available at the children centres or different locations.

Herefordshire Council wants views from current users, and the impact of any proposed changes, before a decision is made in September 2017. The consultation runs until Monday, July 17th. You can review and comment on the proposals by visiting www.herefordshire.gov.uk/ccbuildings

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