£3 million Grantham children’s centre ‘is on track’

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A £3 million plan to demolish a children’s centre and rebuild it are still on track after the plans were revealed in 2013.

Lincolnshire County Council says it is revising its plans for the home in Sandon Close, Grantham, to make sure the potential of the “site is maximised”.

But in 2013 it was hoped that the application for the plan would be successful and work on the new building would begin in spring 2014.

The plans were for a purpose-built centre to cater for 15 severely disabled children and to include teaching and other facilities which could also be used by the Sandon School next door.

In 2013 the site was being used by seven children but parts of the building were closed off because they were in a poor condition.

Debbie Barnes, director of children’s services, said: “We requested that the original plans for Beacon Children’s Home in Grantham be revised to ensure that the potential of the site is maximised. This is crucial in order to most effectively meet the needs of the children and young people that the service is required to meet. We are still reviewing the plans and are expecting to agree them by the middle of March when we will be able to give more clarity to the future.”

A reader, who did not wish to be named, told the Journal: “The playground has been left in disrepair so the children cannot enjoy it over the summer, rats are running rife over the demolished section of the site and the Beacon home remains in a state of disrepair with parts closed off due to it being in such poor condition. It hasn’t been updated for decades. What a waste of taxpayers’ money and how heartbreaking for those children with severe disabilities.”