New Friends Nursery in Brechin has released a statement to reassure parents following in incident where a piece of masonry fell from St Columbus Church, which neighbours the nursery.
A statement from the Nursery stated: “Over the years, we at New Friends Nursery have complained about the state of repair of our neighbouring building, St Columbus Church to its various owners and Angus Council. As recently as October, the Community Council wrote to Angus Council on our behalf who replied stating: ‘Officers have recently inspected the building and do not consider that further work could reasonably be required by the council at this time.’
“Last week a piece of masonry fell from the church spire onto the path leading up to the main entrance to the nursery resulting in our acting swiftly to ensure the safety of all visitors to the nursery and to see if we could find a solution to this prominent eyesore once and for all.
“A meeting was arranged between Angus Council, the owner of St Columbus and ourselves where we were assured that the church would be made safe and that the work needed to be done will be closely monitored by the council.
“Our main priority however, is the safety and well-being of the children in our care, so as this may take some time to complete, we have put measures in place to ensure our parents can use the nursery safely.
“This includes relocating the path to the other side of the garden away from any further masonry which may fall, and not allowing the children to play in the garden. To ensure that they are able to enjoy outdoor play, there is a small area at the side of the nursery for children to play safely and we will take them to the park, nature walks, and we have an allotment nearby for the children to play and learn.
“Angus Council, our community council and local MSP Nigel Don have been a great support to us in helping to improve this situation and will maintain pressure on the owners to ensure a satisfactory outcome for the nursery and local community who have been concerned about this building for many years.”