STATUTORY consultation has opened over the future of an Alloa nursery, earmarked for closure due to roof issues.

The consultation on the permanent closure of ABC Nursery opened this week and is required before any final decision can be taken.

As previously reported, the nursery did not re-open in August over safety concerns and its future remains far from certain.

Council documents previously revealed the repair bill for the building could be "in the region of £1.5million".

The Kilncraigs chamber also heard in the past that there had been nine separate call outs to the school over reports of water pouring in during 2019.

Two surveys were commissioned for the roof, concluding that "the roofing fabric required immediate attention to stabilise the structure".

Immediate works were agreed and completed in November that year.

An option to repair and refurbish the building had been under consideration at the local authority.

Cllr Graham Lindsay, spokesman for education, said: "I would encourage everyone with an interest in ABC to read the information and complete the online consultation to make your views known before a final decision is taken."

Staff from ABC Nursery have been redeployed to other early learning and childcare centres in the Wee County.

Children who previously attended have moved to other nurseries or partner providers in Clackmannanshire.

Parents and carers can visit for the formal consultation, which is required in accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

The consultation will close on April 26 and a virtual public meeting, with more details available via the link above, will also take place in March.