Nursery is saved by community group

A Pontefract nursery that was earmarked for closure has been saved and will officially be taken over by a community group on Monday.

Wakefield Council-run Pomfret Neighbourhood Nursery in Pontefract was under threat after councillors decided to shut down the centre in November because of funding cuts.

But determined parents, staff and community members joined forces to form the Pomfret Woodland Community Nursery - which consists of a committee and board of directors - which will now run the centre.

Nicola Barker, marketing director for the nursery, said she was thrilled the facility could remain open.

She said: “I’m really pleased we’ve be able to work together and keep the nursery going to be able to continue the care we have been providing for the past nine years.”

Cabinet members said they could no longer afford to subsidise the cost of running the nursery and said Pomfret was running at a loss of £69,000.

The council will provide a grant to the nursery to support it in its first year.

Mrs Barker added: “The number of parents calling up to enrol their children is really picking it which is great.”

She said it would have been detrimental to the area if the nursery had been forced to close. An official opening of the nursery will happen later this year.

Anyone who would like to be on the committee or want to help the group should contact Mrs Barker on 01977 722622.