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City's remaining leisure creches to close

Campaigners against creche closures
Campaigners have protested against previous crèche centre cuts

Officials have decided to close all remaining Edinburgh Leisure centre crèches by March 2010.

The council-funded body said the decision would go ahead unless an alternative service provider was found within months.

The recession has been blamed for the move, which will see four crèches shut.

Edinburgh Leisure operates crèches at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre, Drumbrae Leisure Centre, Portobello Swim Centre and Gracemount Leisure Centre.

Keith Jackson, Edinburgh Leisure chief executive, said: "There is, however, and always has been, the need for a significant subsidy for crèche services (over £12 per visit) which is no longer affordable to Edinburgh Leisure.

"There are approximately 200 crèche visits per week which, in relation to the cost of running the service, has been deemed too low to maintain."



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