Nursery may be forced to close

May 31 2018

A Filton nursery owner says she could be forced to close her business after receiving an £800 increase in her monthly rent bill from Filton Community Association.

A Filton nursery owner says she could be forced to close her business after receiving an £800 increase in her monthly rent bill from Filton Community Association.
Robins Nursery, which looks after 39 pre-school children, has been based in the FCA building at Elm Park since last September.
Owner Kerri Robbins said she received an invoice last month for £2,470.73 – an increase of nearly £800 on previous months, when the charge was £1,675.
Filton Community Association treasurer David Gillard said Ms Robins had ‘changed her hours’ from six hours per day to 10 hours.
He said he was not willing to discuss the matter further.
Ms Robbins said she accepted the hours had gone up but her estimate was the bill should be around £2,000 and that she was willing to speak to the association trustees to negotiate.
She said some of the nursery hours were unstaffed and the increase should not be so much.
And she added that for some of the time, she does not have access to the larger Leslie Harris room and has to use smaller rooms.
In a posting on Facebook she said the situation was not affordable and she told Filtonvoice that if the situation could not be resolved, she
would be forced to close the business.
Currently she is using space at Filton Leisure Centre for some of the time but Ofsted rules mean she cannot move to new premises without giving six  months’ notice.
She said: “I just want to protect my nursery and my business.
“We have 39 children at the nursery.
"We are looking at the prospect of being unable to continue unless we can negotiate a proper price.”
Ms Robbins added that she increased her hours in December, but until now had not received a higher bill.

In a separate matter, last month Filtonvoice revealed the association had been reported to the Charity Commission.
A Charity Commission spokesperson said: “The Commission is assessing how the trustees of Filton Community Association (301531) are managing the charity’s finances, after receiving a complaint which highlighted concerns about the governance of the charity.
"We are in contact with the charity and have requested further information from
them.”
Since then, association president Roz Kendall has stepped down from her role.
According to the Charity Commission website, the remaining trustees are David Gillard and his wife Margaret Gillard.