Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire today questioned the sequence of events that has led to a nursery in Warmley being given notice to quit, and have urged the Council to redouble its efforts to identify a new site for the service.
The Rocking Horse Nursery provides 70 places operating out of the the Grange School site in Warmley. The Council voted to close the school last year, despite Labour opposition, with the closure date set as the summer of 2017.
However, because pupils and staff have left the school in the months since that decision, councillors were today asked to bring forward the official closure date to October 2016.
The nursery has been given notice by the Council to move out by the end of this year. However, the Council is claiming that the two issues are separate, something that Labour councillors dispute.
Labour's Lead on Adult & Children's Services, Councillor Andy Perkins, says:
"The Council made no reference to the impact on the nursery and its 70 places in the report recommending bringing forward the official closure date of the Grange, and when I questioned this I was told that the issues were not linked. But it is clear to me that the opportunity to bring forward the school's official closure has led to the nursery also being told to quit the site a lot earlier than they had expected.
The Council now needs to redouble its efforts to work with the nursery to identify appropriate alternative accommodation so that the children and parents affected do not lose a valuable service."