The controversial issue of closing the five daycare centres run by the Region of Waterloo was put to bed Wednesday night, as councillors voted overwhelmingly against the proposal.

Consulting firm KPMG had recommended closing the daycares, claiming that the region could save $2.5 million by doing so.

That money, the consultant said, could be put toward subsidizing more spaces in other daycare facilities.

The sole vote in favour of closing the daycares came from Coun. Sean Strickland, who said that not only would the 250 spaces at the region’s centres been saved, but 200 new spaces would have been created for low-income families.

“I thought we had an opportunity to improve the service,” he said.