Boost for parents of disabled children across Islington as Lough Road Centre stays open

The Lough Road Centre in Holloway. Picture: Google Street View

The Lough Road Centre in Holloway. Picture: Google Street View - Credit: Archant

Islington Council has ended seven months of doubt for parents after announcing a disabled children’s centre will not shut.

Lough Road Centre in Holloway was earmarked for closure in August, sparking protests and a 5,000-strong petition.

The centre provides learning and social skills for children with disabilities, as well as respite and support for families.

During the consultation in October, the council suggested it would re-think the closure.

And on Thursday, it confirmed the centre would remain open after producing new plans for its daytime and outreach services.

The council will no longer provide overnight stays, a service currently used by two children, but it did promise to help them make new arrangements.

Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington’s children and families leader, said: “We have a clear future for the centre, and will continue to work closely with parents on the changes to its services.

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“This decision, and the work preceding it, has not been taken lightly and I really appreciate the input and patience from all the staff and parents during this time.”