Pre-school group can stay at new sport pavilion home

Barrowby Pre-School will stay at the sports pavillion. 'The school had previously been based at the Memorial Hall. Photo: 048C(6)
Barrowby Pre-School will stay at the sports pavillion. 'The school had previously been based at the Memorial Hall. Photo: 048C(6)
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CHILDREN in Barrowby were told this week that they can stay in their new pre-school home at the sports pavilion.

Barrowby Pre-School has been operating out of the pavilion off Low Road after structural issues meant they had to leave the Memorial Hall.

The pre-school applied to remain in the pavilion and councillors on South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee voted unanimously in favour of the pre-school staying.

Mike Sibthorpe, representing the parish council, told councillors: “It’s a very expensive, nice, modern building that’s perfectly situated.

“There’s nowhere else for the school to go. The Memorial Hall is unsuitable and they have not been invited back and the Reading Room is too small.”

Concerns were raised about members of the public driving along the access track, sometimes at high speeds, when it is only supposed to be used by a select number of people such as emergency services and match officials.

Julia Jones, whose home backs onto the access track, said: “We are no longer in a position to enjoy our back gardens without the noise of the traffic.”

However, Mr Sibthorpe assured people living nearby that no extra traffic should result from the pre-school as most parents walk their children to school or have agreed to park on Low Road.

The pre-school has also received a “good” rating from Ofsted.

The report states: “Children’s learning and development is progressing well, effective self evaluation systems are in place and this ensures that the capacity for continous imporement is good.”