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A statutory consultation has opened on the closure of ABC Nursery in Alloa.
The nursery building was closed in May 2020 because planned structural assessments were unable to take place due to lockdown. The building was due to re-open in August last year, however due to extreme weather a decision was taken not to reopen the building as the health and safety of children and staff could not be guaranteed.
Children who previously attended ABC have moved to other Council or partner providers in Clackmannanshire and staff have been redeployed to other local authority ELC establishments.
Before any final decision can be taken on a permanent school closure proposal, a formal consultation is required in accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.
The online consultation also provides background information explaining the Council’s proposal to close ABC, including information on the scope of immediate works required to sustain the building as an Educational Facility in the short to medium term costing an estimated £1.242 million
In accordance with the legislation, the Council is seeking the views of all interested parties that would be affected by the permanent closure of ABC Nursery. The outcome of the consultation will be reported back to elected members.
Cllr Graham Lindsay, Spokesperson for Education said: “I would encourage everyone with an interest in ABC to read the information and complete the online consultation to make your views known before a final decision is taken.”
The consultation is open until 26 April 2021, and can be found here .