Belfast Telegraph

Mother's fight to save 'vital' creche

BY MICHELLE SMYTH

A mother is leading a fight against a council to ensure that a childcare facility which has been running for almost 30 years remains open.

Kelly Molloy is on a mission to keep open the creche in north Belfast's Ballysillan Leisure Centre, which she describes as a "vital service" for local people.

At a meeting of Belfast City Council's Parks and Leisure Committee in June, the creche was marked for closure on the grounds that it did not comply with health and safety regulations.

It is understood this is because the creche is located near the swimming pool viewing area and isn't adequately closed off from the rest of the centre.

However, after objections from councillors and parents, the closure has been deferred. The issue will be discussed this Tuesday at a meeting in the leisure centre.

Kelly explained why the creche, used by up to 40 parents including herself and has been running for 29 years, is so important.

"It is one of the only cross-community leisure centres in the city and attracts people from all backgrounds," she said.

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