Grangemouth nursery could be turned into housing

Council leader Craig Martin said he wanted decisions made on unwanted buildings faster
Council leader Craig Martin said he wanted decisions made on unwanted buildings faster
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Grangemouth Day Nursery will be demolished after it was declared surplus to requirements at a meeting of Falkirk Council’s education executive.

The facility in Abbots Road, Grangemouth closed in 2009 and the children moved to Rannoch Nursery and it has since lay empty.

The building is from the 1940s, with an extension added in the 1980s and was used as a defence base during World War Two.

But now it is in a poor state and the roof contains asbestos so councillors opted to demolish and dispose of the site from children’s services.

Education portfolio holder Councillor Alan Nimmo said youngsters had also been climbing on the roof and gaining access to the building.

Speaking at the meeting on Tuesday, he said: “It is dangerous and has been empty for six years. No-one has been interested in using the premises so it is time for it to be demolished. It is secure, but kids find ways of getting in and the building keeps deteriorating.”

Council leader Craig Martin seconded the demolition but added he hoped in the future, decisions on unused buildings could be made faster than six years after they were vacated.

Councillor David Alexander urged the committee look at using the site for social housing.

He said: “There is a lack of social housing in Grangemouth and this site could be ideal. I’d like to see it referred to housing for them to consider.”

Director of children’s services Robert Naylor said it wasn’t their decision to refer the site for housing but that it could be an option.