POTTERS Gate Children’s Centre is set to close its doors, Surrey County Council has confirmed.

It comes after confusion surrounding the centre’s closure, with the Potters Gate team sending out a final closure letter to families and professionals.

But Surrey cabinet member for children, young people and families Mary Lewis had told county councillor for Farnham North Stephen Spence “the intention is still for Potters Gate to be a satellite to Hale Family Centre”.

In an original statement, a Surrey County Council spokesman said: “It is intended the children’s centre building at Potters Gate Primary School will continue to be used to support children and families needing additional help.

“The school intends to work closely with the new organisation managing the Family Centre at Hale using information about the needs of local families to inform the sorts of sessions that would benefit local children and their families.”

But in a later statement, the spokesman confirmed: “We will be closing the children’s centre but sessions that benefit the community will continue to operate from the centre that will be delivered by either the new Family Centre or by partner agencies.”

Hollie Brightman, acting children’s centre manager, told the Herald they were made aware they would have to “close for good” at the same time the centre was celebrating its tenth birthday on Wednesday, June 12.

In a letter sent out to Potters Gate Children’s Centre families and professionals, the team wrote: “Potters Gate Children’s Centre is no longer going to be known as a satellite centre and will close when the Sure Start provision ends.

“Due to Surrey County Council not having any fixed plans as to what a satellite centre might be used for, we felt the building would be best used as part of the school community.

“Across the borough of Waverley, the tendering process for our two Family Centres has almost finished with the outcome expected around the middle of July.

“Sure Start provision will then cease at the end of August/beginning of September 2019.”

The team went on to thank the “local charities, professionals and volunteers for all their invaluable support since the children’s centre opened ten years ago”.

There will be two Family Centres in Waverley – in Hale and in Godalming.

* Potters Gate Children’s Centre’s last event will be on August 7, but the official closure date is not yet known.