Nursery re-opens after £20,000 flood repairs

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A nursery unit has re-opened after spending £20,000 and five months to fully renovate a room which was flooded a Christmas.

The baby unit Charlwood House Nursery, in Charlwood Road, has been completely refurbished with a new floor, sewage system and electric circuit after it was flooded during storms on Christmas Eve.

Vicky Thomas, the nursery owner, said: “The entire baby unit was ankle deep in water.

“It had to be completely redecorated with a new drainage system. We had to have the entire floor removed and damp proofed.”

The room, which can cater to up to 15 babies each day, re-opened on Monday (May 19).

Vicky explained that while the room was out of use the baby unit ran from a bungalow on the nursery’s site which they usually only use for holiday clubs.

“It’s our flagship room. It’s been awful not having it.

“I’m sure we’ve lost business because it doesn’t give a good impression to parents when some of it is lost. Hopefully we will be able to make that up now.”

As well as installing completely new drainage and flooring, the nursery had to buy all new toys, blankets and cushions to replace those which were soaked with dirty water.

They also had several donations of replacement toys from parents.

The nursery staff originally thought the refurbishment would take two months and £8,000 worth of work.

The unit was a Grade II* listed Tudor building with a moat and the flood was caused when the moat burst its banks.