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Concern for staff as nursery closes
CONCERNS have been raised over the future of staff and adults with learning difficulties following the impending closure of a garden nursery.
Nubeck Nursery, in Darlington, provides horticultural training and employment for 14 adults with learning difficulties, but is set to close at the end of December as a result of Darlington Borough Council austerity measures.
The council-run service is based at Woodburn Nursery, in Salutation Road, which was declared surplus to operational requirements by the council earlier this year, allowing them to put the site up for sale to a developer.
It is thought the 4.5-acre site would have space for about 15 large family houses.
The Northern Echo has received a number of phone calls from worried visitors to the nursery, who have raised their concerns both about the future of the nursery’s staff and the fate of the service users.
Councillor Heather Scott, leader of the council's Conservative group, said: “It is extremely sad and I sincerely hope they will be able to find them new placements together as they will have worked together for a while.
“It is distressing for the people who work there and I can understand the public being concerned as well as a lot of people visit it.
“I will be looking into this further.”
Future placements for the staff have not yet been found, but the council have said they will be working with each of the 14 users to assess their needs to find suitable places.
A council spokesperson said: “The families and service users at Nubeck Nursery were informed on June 5 that Nubeck would be closing at the end of December.
“It was made clear to them we will not be cutting their assessed needs and gave a commitment that all of the service users would undergo a full review of their needs and assistance would be given to find alternative services to match their needs.
“We appreciate this may be a distressing time for the service users but we will be giving them continued support throughout the process.”
Chairman of Darlington Association on Disability, Gordon Pybus, urged anyone who is unsure of their future or worried about finding another placement to contact the charity on 01325-489999.
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