Closed nursery to become university office

By Chris Betteley in Education

A CLOSED Aberystwyth University nursery will become an office for the institution’s estates department following its closure last year.

Penglais Nursery was closed last August after making a loss every year of its operation since being built in 2012.

Aberystwyth University decided to close the loss-making facility despite pleas from parents to save it.

The closure resulted in the loss of 16 jobs, and left the university with no in-house childcare facilities for students and staff.

The university said the losses of up to £150,000 year were “unsustainable” as it tackled further financial problems in the middle of a “recovery plan” aimed at balancing the books.

It was revealed in the Cambrian News at the time of the nursery’s closure that the university still faced paying the £33,240 a year rent on the now-empty building for the next 94 years as part of the arrangement to fund the build. The university has now submitted plans to change the building into offices.

An Aberystwyth University spokeswoman told the Cambrian News: “We have submitted a planning application for the building formerly used as a nursery to be reclassified from a non-residential institution to office.

“There will be no changes to the structure of the building and it will be occupied initially by our Estates Department staff who are currently located in Pantycelyn.”

The application has been submitted to Ceredigion County Council.

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