Nursery merger plans go ahead

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PARENTS at Russell Street Day Nursery are still hopeful of having their own nursery building despite being told they will be merging with another centre.

The merger plans, which will come into effect in September, will see the nursery share facilities with Rowans Day Nursery in Fullers Slade.

However, after consultation with Stony Stratford Town Council the nursery’s parents association (RSDNPA) has been studying potential sites and has reported back to Milton Keynes Council.

This was part of a deal made when the nursery secured £50,000 of section 106 money from the Development Control Committee in September.

They have earmarked Cofferidge Close as a potential location but this is dependant on the DCC rejecting a new superstore application.

Cliff Brett, chairman of the RSDNPA, said: “Previously the Cabinet unanimously recommended to DCC that the s106 monies awarded to RDDNPA last September be extended a further 12 months.

“RSDNPA now awaits the outcome at the next DCC but is confident that with these funds they can assist the re-opening of a Children’s Day Nursery in Cofferidge Close in the near future.”

Councillor Andy Dransfield, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “We can’t justify having two nurseries in the same centre so the decision was taken to merge the two. It will save a lot of money and the service will be better.

“The centres that have already been outsourced have had no complaints as far as I am aware. The average rating of private provision was higher than the councils.”

A council spokesman said: “The move is intended to provide much improved facilities for children at both nurseries. The overall number of places available at the integrated nursery will not be reduced.”