Nursery plans to go ahead despite fears

PLANS to build a nursery school on De Aston Field will go ahead despite objections from nearby residents and the town council.

The town’s county councillor Burt Keimach told members of the town authority last week that the proposals to relocate Racing Start Nursery from Market Rasen Racecourse to the Willingham Road site will proceed, but residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions during consultation.

He said: “It is public land and we think it would be a good use of public land.

“It is in the centre of town and a much better location than the racecourse.”

He told town councillors that the current nursery accommodates 40 children, but the new building will be able to take 50 children and will have room to expand further as the town grows.

Market Rasen deputy mayor Steve Bunney asked whether this expansion was in preparation for further housing development in the town, the answer to which in short Coun Keimach said was yes.

He added: “There will be about 55,000 homes built in the Central Lincolnshire Development Zone over the next 20 years.

“There will be about £400 million invested and obviously some of this will be in Market Rasen.

“It is a good commuter centre so the answer to your question in short is yes.”

Willingham Road resident Cathy Turner fears that the council is planning to build the nursery on part of the field that has serious drainage issues.

She said: “This is what I expected.

“My main concern is that they are going to build on the boggiest bit of the field.

“They have not taken notice in previous years when I contacted the county council because I have had flood water right up to my back door. Next door to me had a duck swimming in their garden and that was only January 2009.

“We know something has to go on that field but obviously the county council has not taken on board the town council’s view that they would like to purchase the land.”