Possible reprieve for city nursery

Westbourne House Day Nursery in Lancaster, which is threatened with closure.
Westbourne House Day Nursery in Lancaster, which is threatened with closure.
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Families with children at a doomed Lancaster nursery remain hopeful that a buyer can be found for the premises.

An unnamed source has told parents hoping to save the nursery that a consortium is still pressing to buy Westbourne House to run as a nursery.

They are allegedly still in talks with current owners CfBT Education Trust.

A spokesman for the families behind a campaign to save the nursery said: “This has and will have an impact on our community.

“We intend to follow this through to see what happens with the Charities Commission.

“The consortium have said that although staff and children are now beginning to leave, they feel they can still get it back on track with incentives.”

Parents were last month told that Westbourne House will close later this month after weeks of speculation over its future.

The business had become “increasingly challenging to manage in the current commercial climate”, CfBT said in July.

CfBT, who have owned the nursery since 2001, put Westbourne House on the market 18 months ago, but the nursery, which is based in a Grade 2 listed building in Cannon Hill, Westbourne Road, Lancaster, had no serious interest from buyers.

The campaign group, which launched a petition to show public feeling about the planned closure, was given news that a potential buyer had been found for the property just weeks ago.

However, they were later told that the nursery will close at the end of September.