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Port's nursery looks doomed to close if no viable option appears

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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A MUCH-LOVED Brixham nursery looks likely to close.

Torbay Council is looking to shut the Chestnut nursery for good this summer unless a viable option comes to light by April.

Officers are recommending the closure, saying there is no other choice at the moment.

A report to a full Torbay Council meeting says: "The consultation process, although demonstrating public support for the nursery, did not generate substantial alternative options for the council to consider.

"The most credible alternative to closure remains the outsourcing of the nursery to an alternative provider."

The report adds: "The reason for April 2 being the date by which a viable alternative to closure must be proposed is due to the notice period staff and parents must be given for the nursery to close on August 31."

Council officers said the closure had been caused by a decline in nursery placements.

The report says there are now 170 vacant sessions at Chestnut a week and it would cost about £55,000 a year to keep it open while there is sufficient nursery provision nearby.

But residents and nursery users in the town have launched a campaign to save the nursery.

Laura Cameron, a mother-of-two who started a Facebook campaign which has gathered more than 1,700 supporters to date, still believes more can be done to save the facility.

Ahead of the council meeting which was due to seal Chestnut's fate on Wednesday February 6, she said: "Torbay Council should be responsible to try to keep the service alive.

"It should be run as a proper business or social enterprise run either by the community or the staff.

"I don't think they have the vision.

"If no-one comes forwards to run Chestnut it will close. It's really upsetting."

The Save Chestnut Nursery and Preschool from Closure campaign was successful in pushing back a consultation period to January when it was due to close early in December.

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  • ziderman  |  February 07 2013, 10:09AM

    All Torbay Council want to do is close it down they don't want alternative to closure. If it closes they'll try & flatten everything on site so they can build houses the nursery is the only thing stopping them from doing that they tried when that idiot bye shut the best little school in Brixham. So far everything Torbay Council has done from what i can see is the same as they done leading up to the closure of chestnut primary school you need the fight if you're going to survive BEST OF LUCK

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