Par­ents crit­i­cal of ex­ten­sion plan at nurs­ery

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PLANS to ex­pand a Perthshire school’s nurs­ery, ef­fec­tively turn­ing the play­ground into a con­struc­tion site for sev­eral months, have been crit­i­cised by par­ents.

Per th and Kin­ross Coun­cil i s pre­par­ing for work at Rat­tray Pri­mary.

The new-look nurs­ery will ac­com­mo­date scores of ex­tra pupils and aims to of­fer more sup­port and flex­i­bil­ity for fam­i­lies.

But par­ents are un­happy the ex­ten­sion will re­sult in the loss of part of the play­ground. There are fears pupils could be kept in­doors dur­ing the ninemonth con­struc­tion phase.

The par­ent coun­cil has stressed it wel­comes an ex­ten­sion to the nurs­ery, but said the coun­cil had han­dled the move badly.

A state­ment by the group said the new build­ing will “bi­sect the play­ground, sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing t he space for chil­dren.

“The play­ground is al­ready quite small and it is a fa­cil­ity we re­ally can’t af­ford to lose any of,” it added.

A spokes­woman said:“As a par­ent coun­cil, we are hor­ri­fied and frankly fu­ri­ous about this be­cause it has been sug­gested that while build­ing work i s tak­ing place, all the chil­dren will be con­fined to the school for nine months and won’t be able to play out­side.

“We find this un­ac­cept­able. With a f ur­ther 200 homes be­ing built in Rat­tray, the school roll is go­ing to in­crease. Re­duc­ing t he play­ground seems crazy.”

The par­ents’ body has urged coun­cil bosses to ex­plore al­ter­na­tives, in­clud­ing cre­at­ing a two-storey block in the P1 area, or putting the nurs­ery at the nearby com­mu­nity cen­tre.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “The re­con­fig­u­ra­tion and ex­ten­sion will pro­vide ad­di­tional space and more flex­i­ble ar­eas.”

The school is con­sid­er­ing a range of op­tions to en­sure chil­dren can still get out­side, i nclud­ing use of nearby Davie Park, she said.

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