Budleigh Salterton centre for children?

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton's young families could benefit from millions of pounds earmarked for new services for children and parents. Devon County Council is on the verge of spending £5 million in increasing its children centres and Budleigh has been put forwa

BUDLEIGH Salterton's young families could benefit from millions of pounds earmarked for new services for children and parents.Devon County Council is on the verge of spending £5 million in increasing its children centres - and Budleigh has been put forward as a suitable location.Talks over where to site the 12 extra centres - taking the number up from 31 to 43 - are at an early stage and are the result of the recently-launched Devon Children and Young People's Plan.The plan is published under the auspices of the Children's Trust and sets out what sort of services will be provided for children and young people in Devon up to 2011.Budleigh Salterton town councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt said a children's centre would be a welcome addition to the town."Any help and support for young families is good," she said. "We need the infrastructure in Budleigh as we get more families. The young families need more help."Budleigh Salterton has got a lot of facilities for older people and I think young families have been left behind." The aim of the family centres is to give youngsters the 'best start' in life. The county council said evidence had shown early addressing of challenges that children were experiencing was more effective.In a survey carried out by Devon County Council on the effectiveness of Exmouth's Moorfield Road children's centre, 100 per cent of the families participating said they were satisfied with the activities and services provided.Anne Whiteley, Devon's director of children and young people's services, said: "This plan sets out our long-term ambitions for children and young people wherever they live in our county, whatever their circumstances and whatever their needs.

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