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Bridge puts kids ‘at risk’

New footbridge over Childfirst nursery causing anxiety among parents and teachers. Picture courtesy of Childfirst. PNL-140805-152817001

New footbridge over Childfirst nursery causing anxiety among parents and teachers. Picture courtesy of Childfirst. PNL-140805-152817001

A ‘monstrosity’ of a footbridge is putting children at risk, according to a nursery manager.

Children at Childfirst nursery returned after the bank holiday weekend to find the bridge towering above its vegetable patch.

The bridge, which is part of rail improvements, has been installed to replace Tubbs Crossing between Launton Road and Langford Village.

But parents of the 120 children, aged three to five, and staff are now concerned about privacy of their Launton Road nursery.

Manager Andrea Leonard, who was shocked to find the bridge on Tuesday morning, said: “Our job is to care for our children in a safe environment. But that has been taken away from us.

“It’s a great big, green metal monstrosity which zigzags backwards and forwards, 20ft high.

“Now everyone can see straight into our nursery.”

Yesterday, Mrs Leonard and nursery director Tom Shea met with Bicester to Oxford Collaboration, which put up the bridge over the weekend.

She said they are in negotiations but is not confident that anything can be done.

Mrs Leonard, who has been manager for three and a half years, said the parents are ‘extremely concerned’ and that it was not what they were expecting.

She said: “They had been digging holes for a while but we were told all along to expect a foot bridge.

“We had no reason to believe it would tower over our 6ft high fences.”

The nursery also has concerns about bridge users littering into its garden, which is used every day by children to nurture vegetables and small animals.

A spokesman for Bicester to Oxford Collaboration said specialists were on site yesterday to see if there was a ‘solution’.

She said: “Engineers have been out to have a look and we will try and do something that will help the problem for Mrs Leonard.”

 

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