Social education centre closure battle set for High Court

Margaret and Gordon (r) Swann are upset that the Conisbrough Social Education Centre where their son Steven attends is closing down. Picture: Andrew Roe
Margaret and Gordon (r) Swann are upset that the Conisbrough Social Education Centre where their son Steven attends is closing down. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Campaigners trying to stop the closure of three social education centres in Doncaster have won permission to take their legal battle to a Judicial Review hearing at the High Court.

Specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are representing a group of concerned South Yorkshire residents who are challenging Doncaster Council’s decision to close Conisbrough, Cedar and Thorne Social Education Centres.

The three centres provide adult day care facilities and the families of those using the facilities have concerns about the impact that closing the centres will have on the community.

A judge has now given permission for the legal team to take the case to a judicial review on 16 January 2015 at the High Court in Leeds.

Katy Cowans, an expert solicitor at Irwin Mitchell which has successfully challenged many cuts to services across the country, and is leading the challenge, said: “This is the next step in our legal battle to help these vulnerable people protect the services that they feel are essential.