Bear Hugs is on the move to ‘secure future’

The Fortuna Business Park where Bear Hugs Pre School nursery is current based.
The Fortuna Business Park where Bear Hugs Pre School nursery is current based.

A successful Horncastle pre-school nursery could be on the move because of doubts about the future of its current premises.

Bear Hugs is currently based at the county council owned Fortuna Business Park on Mareham Road.

However, the council is in the process of selling the site.

Some businesses have already left and it appears Bear Hugs is set to follow a similar route.

Owners of the nursery have applied to East Lindsey district Council for permission to convert and alter the Phoenix Lodge building on South Street.

Speaking at a meeting of the Town Council’s planning committee last week, owners confirmed they wanted to relocate to guarantee the long-term future of the nursery.

They said the potential new owners of the Business Park had indicated they would be prepared to offer the nursery a two-year deal to stay.

However, the nursery say they are keen to secure a long-term home and had been searching for sutibale premises for some time before settling on Phoenix Lodge.

A spokesman for the Nursery told the planning committee that the move could create six new jobs, boosting the current 17-strong workforce.

She said the nursery was popular and offered a vital service to families, including several on low incomes.

She added the plans for Pheonix Lodge only involved “minor changes” and the move would not effect the town’s other established pre-school nurseries.

Planning committee members agreed to support the application which will go before ELDC.