Nursery makes plea to find new home

Fledgelings Nursery in Brandon need a new home as the community centre is being knocked down.
Fledgelings Nursery in Brandon need a new home as the community centre is being knocked down.
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A Brandon nursery which has been running for 30 years has called on local authorities to help it find a new home as its current one faces demolition.

Fledgelings Pre-School is on the hunt for new premises with Suffolk County Council planning to knock down its current home at Brandon Community Centre on Warren Close after Christmas 2013.

Fledgelings Nursery in Brandon need a new home as the community centre is being knocked down.

Fledgelings Nursery in Brandon need a new home as the community centre is being knocked down.

Jenny Cox, manager, said the group played an important part in parents’ lives.

“We are highly-staffed and highly-qualified and always busy.

“A lot of our parents rely on the support they get from us and it’s important we get a suitable home.”

Ms Cox said the group had looked at the Flowerpot on London Road, which is owned by Forest Heath District Council, as an alternative.

But with few other options open, she described a move there as ‘Hobson’s Choice’.

She met with representatives from Forest Heath last Thursday, including Cllr Robin Millar.

Despite Forest Heath having no legal obligation to Fledgelings, it has agreed to look at the possibility of renovating the Flowerpot for the nursery’s use, according to Ms Cox.

Suffolk County Council have promised to back the nursery - which is privately run - with funding from its £30,000 transition fund.

A spokeswoman said: “Over recent months we have worked hard with the Fledgelings pre-school to help them find an alternative setting, recognising there are a limited number of buildings available that meet the specifications set out by them.”