Re-think over Ottery children's centre bid

FEARS that a planned children s centre in Ottery could see youngsters sharing access to its proposed site with fast-response police cars, have led to a county council re-think over the bid.

FEARS that a planned children's centre in Ottery could see youngsters sharing access to its proposed site with fast-response police cars, have led to a county council re-think over the bid.

The Herald reported earlier this year that worried town councillors labelled plans for the centre, in the grounds of the Old Convent in Broad Street, as "recipe for disaster" as the town's police now operate from the site.

Ottery police sergeant Nick Harper also raised concerns over the access issue in a meeting with Devon County Council (DCC) last month.

A DCC spokesperson said this week: ""The application will be re-submitted, and as part of the re-submission Devon County Council will be seeking to address the concerns raised by the police."

DCC has vowed to have a "one-stop-shop" where children from Ottery and its surrounding villages under five years old and their families can receive a range of services up and running from a building in the grounds o the Marist Convent by April next year.