Devon

Brixham nursery plan halted by cost

Work on a £400,000 nursery in Devon has stopped because of spiralling costs.

Earthworks for the centre in Brixham would have cost about £100,000 which exceeded the predicted amount by more than 50%, the town council said.

The authority added the additional costs came from "levelling out" the site, which it could not justify spending.

Brixham Town Council said there was the "possibility" of a private company offering the service.

Council vice chairman Mike Morey said since the business plan was created, the building was moved to another section on the same site.

"This was because of contamination of the soil. The new site was steeper and so would have cost more to level out," he added.

The centre would have provided care for 55 children and was expected to open in 2012.

Councillors also received information from Torbay Council which showed a "long term reduction in birth rates in the town", which also reduced the project's viability.

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