Parents: We won't let our pre-school close without a fight

July 31 2019
Parents: We won't let our pre-school close without a fight

Parents turned out in force to begin the battle to save Filton Park Pre-school Playgroup - and pledged to make their views known to South Glos councillors in the strongest terms possible.

Parents turned out in force to begin the battle to save Filton Park Pre-school Playgroup - and pledged to make their views known to South Glos councillors in the strongest terms possible.
The council has given the pre-school in Charborough Road just a year before it is scheduled to close.
As reported last month, it is understood the site will be developed with some of the land - owned by South Glos - being gifted to Charborough Rd Primary to extend their play areas.
There are also discussions with the primary to secure extra pre-school places when FPPP closes.
Families who gathered before the end of term say the closure is yet another amenity lost for Filton.
They pledged to speak out at the South Glos full council meeting in September, urging the authority to retain a parcel of land for a preschool.
However Cllr Erica Williams, Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Employment, has told Filtonvoice the preschool was helped to find 'alternative accommodation' but this was deemed by leaders to be 'unacceptable'.
She said: “The Council’s plans for development of the Charborough Road site have been shared with Filton Park Pre-School for some time.
“Following the pre-school’s unsuccessful investigation into options for funding the delivery of new permanent facilities, the Council helped to identify local, suitable alternative accommodation but this was deemed unacceptable by the pre-school.
“In May of this year, the Council met with the Chair of Filton Park Pre-School and agreed they could remain in the existing accommodation for the 2019/20 academic year, with the Council paying for ongoing maintenance works to enable this arrangement.
“Separately, the Olympus Academy Trust is keen to explore the possibility of expanding their age range at Charborough Road Primary School to include nursery provision. This is part of a Trust-wide vision and is in recognition of the value and impact of early intervention and support on children’s outcomes.
“The Council is in discussion with Olympus to secure the local availability of nursery places for the 2020/21 academic year, as far as is practicable.”
Darren Curtis, who has three daughters - one at FPPP, one who is a former pupil and one who is due to start preschool - said he was unhappy at the actions of the council.
He said: "This will have a big impact on working families.
"This is a lovely area with good schools but we are
seeing the amenities being taken away.
"I appreciate the building needs some work but this is not  just a business - it's a facility needed by the community."
Town councillors Adam Monk, Ian Scott, Tom Mewes and Mubashar Chaudhary all turned out to support the parents.
Cllr Monk urged families to attend the full council meeting in September where he would put a motion for a new building.
Cllr Scott said: "South Gloucestershire Council will get plenty of money when they sell the site and just need to spend a small proportion of the receipts on a new building but unless Filton residents kick up a fuss the Conservative controlled council will spend the money in other parts of South Gloucestershire.