Essendon children's centre bid sparks protest

PLANS to build a children s centre in a sleepy village have received a stormy reception from residents, who fear for the safety of youngsters. Villagers in Essendon are objecting to the bid to set up a Sure Start centre. They believe the site, next to Es

PLANS to build a children's centre in a sleepy village have received a stormy reception from residents, who fear for the safety of youngsters.

Villagers in Essendon are objecting to the bid to set up a Sure Start centre.

They believe the site, next to Essendon Primary School, is out-of-keeping with the area and would intrude on people's privacy.

Worries for residents include the site blocking views of the countryside and increasing traffic congestion.


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The centre, which will be run by YMCA Central Herts, has been designed as part of the Government's Every Child Matters programme.

The scheme aims to provide a range of health and family support, for those with children under five.

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