BRIXHAM is at the forefront of fears that Torbay will not have enough primary school places for future pupils.
Brixham town councillor Chris Lomas said Brixham's four primary schools are already 'bursting at the seams' in a town with a growing population.
His comments come as the Local Government Association publishes a new report stating half of England's school districts will have more primary pupils than places within two years.
Parents in Brixham are already upset at the loss of a facility after the closure of Chestnut nursery last month.
Cllr Lomas, who opposed the closure, said: "It was always the wrong move to close down the nursery. You can close any organisation at the stroke of a pen, but to start it up again is a lot more difficult to do because you need to get a team together.
"The four primary schools in Brixham are bursting at the seams. My feeling is that it was always the long term view to close down Chestnut to reopen it again as a primary school when the population increases.
"It's a shame the present parents have been messed about."
The LGA analysis shows as many as two in three councils in England could see more children looking to start primary school in their area by September, 2016, than they currently have places available for.
The pressures are leading to some schools having to convert non-classroom space, such as music rooms and libraries, into classrooms. Others have been forced to reduce playground space or are having to expand classes beyond the statutory 30 children per class.
Last month, Torbay Council's planning committee approved an additional four classrooms at Torre CofE primary and additional playground space at Roselands in Paignton to deal with rising numbers.
A Torbay council spokesman said: "Torbay Council will need to provide an extra 30 places per year in Torquay over the next five years and another 30 places per year in Paignton to meet additional demand.
"Permanent accommodation to enable these additional places to progress across all seven-year groups is under way.
"We are not expecting a similar increase in demand for school places in Brixham."
Brixham and Torbay councillor Mike Morey, the chairman of governors at Brixham College, said the academy school had room for more students.
He added: "When we built our sixth form centre we didn't build any more facilities. We reorganised what was there already. There is capacity at the college to cope with an increase in population and the possibility to add on if necessary."
He said he had secured assurances from Torbay Council's ruling group and mayor Gordon Oliver that the site at Chestnut Nursery be kept as an educational facility should future needs arise.