Dismay for families as nursery faces more delays

March 29 2018
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PARENTS of toddlers in Lyde Green are being forced to wait even longer for the promised nursery facility to open in the estate, as a result of ongoing delays with the legal negotiations.

PARENTS of toddlers in Lyde Green are being forced to wait even longer for the promised nursery facility to open in the estate, as a result of ongoing delays with the legal negotiations.

The nursery building was initially due to be completed by Easter 2018, ready to be occupied in September 2018. However, concerns over nearby listed buildings and ground levels have caused some delays, meaning that the provider, Happy Days Nurseries, has not yet submitted a planning application. 

Rhiannon Powell recently moved to Lyde Green from Emersons Green with her two daughters, aged five and two. Her elder daughter attends Lyde Green Primary, and her younger daughter is due to start nursery next April. As she doesn’t drive, the delayed opening of the nursery in the estate is causing her concern. She told the Voice: “I have no other means of transport apart from foot, so really don’t know where I can send her and be able to do the primary school run as well.

“I know a lot of other parents who have to send their little ones to nurseries out of the area, when it would be so much easier if there was a nursery facility in Lyde Green itself. I think that not having one is causing a negative impact on the community, as parents constantly have to juggle their children about. 

“I think the whole community would benefit greatly from having its own nursery facility and it would make many lives a lot easier!” 

Lyde Green Community Association is also disappointed about the lack of progress with the provision of the nursery in Lyde Green. Bob O’Brien, vice-chair, said: “We’ve raised the issue on a number of occasions and have emphasised the social and practical impact of the delays on our lives. We have taken steps to hold those responsible to account and to make sure that promises made to us all are kept. 

“We’re hopeful that steps have been taken in the right direction but we’ll continue to press for progress and work with our partners to ensure that Lyde Green is a great place to live! If residents would like to get involved, then please get in touch by emailing lgcapartnership@gmail.com.”

A spokesman for Happy Days Nurseries said: “All parties are working together to get this moving forward; we’re excited that we’re almost there and as the occupier for the nursery we’re looking forward to having the opportunity to work in the community.” 

A spokesman for Emersons Green Urban Village said  they are close to concluding legal negotiations and hope to make an announcement shortly.