Private businesses are not council’s responsibility

Editor – Re: Racing Start Nursery. I was disappointed by the front page article in last week’s Market Rasen Mail – ‘Let down as nursery is to close’.

Let me make it clear that the county council is not responsible for keeping privately-run nurseries in business.

We have gone out of our way to explore alternative options for relocating Racing Start Nursery, but as we said in our statement these have not been possible or have not been financially viable.

We are responsible for ensuring there are sufficient childcare places in Market Rasen and the surrounding area and we know that there are enough places available. There are 108 day care places, 57 childminder places and 188 pre-school places for 0-5 year olds, plus 154 breakfast club places, 198 after-school places and 52 holiday club places for children of primary school age. So there’s a wide range of childcare options to suit families’ needs.

Of course, we are as disappointed as anyone that Racing Start has to close and we know the team of staff do an excellent job. It’s unfair to say we have let the nursery down when we have tried strenuously to help this privately-run provider to find another premises. We have no obligation to do this but we have willingly offered support in trying to find alternative accommodation.

We are still working with the nursery to ensure parents are made aware of the alternative child care providers in the area – like the recently-expanded Town and Country Kiddies, as well as a range of childminders.

Parents can also contact the Family Information Service on 0800 195 1635 for further support.

Coun Mrs Patricia Bradwell

Executive councillor for children’s services