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Spalding nursery pulled out of bid to buy Pinchbeck former Post Office

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Pre-school owners have pulled out of a bid to convert an empty property into a second nursery site, following parking concerns.

BeBright Pre-School had hoped to convert the former Pinchbeck Post Office site in Knight Street into a second nursery in order to cater for a recent baby boom in the area.

Spalding is suffering from a major shortage in childcare places.

Bebright looked into opening a second site in Knight Street, Pinchbeck (56754050)
Bebright looked into opening a second site in Knight Street, Pinchbeck (56754050)

The town currently has 742 childcare spaces in nurseries and childminders but Lincolnshire County Council estimates 95 additional places are needed in the town and is looking at alternative options.

BeBright - a previous Lincolnshire Free Press Education Awards Pre-School of the Year winner - is owned by former teachers Laura Spillett and Steph Barrett.

Mrs Spillett said: “We received an objection from Pinchbeck Parish Council with regards to parking facilities which I do appreciate but financially we don’t have the funds to have purchased another property in Pinchbeck that would offer that, so we had to pull out of that. We have looked at what options there are in Pinchbeck.”

Pinchbeck Parish Council chairman James Avery said: “It was with some reluctance that the parish council objected to the BeBright application for a nursery on Knight Street in Pinchbeck in 2021.

“The issue wasn’t the nursery as such, but the location, in conjunction with the sheer volume of traffic, aligned to on-street parking along the majority of Knight Street. This particular location has cars parked for most of the working day, which would make it difficult for parents and carers to drop off their children.

“The parish council continues to have dialogue with Lincolnshire County Council Highways about how to improve the parking and traffic situation on Knight Street, but so far, without success.”

Nurseries are facing issues with low funding, staff recruitment and rising costs.

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