Res­i­dents op­pose day­care pro­posal

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

A NUM­BER of res­i­dents have raised con­cerns about a pro­posal for a day­care cen­tre on the cor­ner of Archer Street and We­ston Street in Carlisle.

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park will make a de­ci­sion about a pro­posal to de­mol­ish a house on 35 We­ston Street and con­struct the day­care cen­tre.

A num­ber of res­i­dents voiced their con­cerns at the elected mem­bers brief­ing ses­sion on June 6 about the amount of noise and traf­fic that would be cre­ated by the cen­tre.

The coun­cil re­ceived 42 sub­mis­sions dur­ing two pe­ri­ods of con­sul­ta­tion in Fe­bru­ary and May, with most rais­ing con­cerns about traf­fic, park­ing, safety, noise and ex­ist­ing day­care cen­tres al­ready hav­ing va­can­cies.

A We­ston Street res­i­dent speak­ing to the South­ern Gazette said he be­lieved the cen­tre would re­sult in the loss of res­i­den­tial feel along his street.

“It’s a lovely street; the feed­back that we get is that it’s a great res­i­den­tial street with beau­ti­ful trees and a wide road. But sud­denly it could have a com­mer­cial devel­op­ment, which will not con­trib­ute to the amenity of the area,” he said.

“The traf­fic man­age­ment re­port from the coun­cil says it won’t have an im­pact but peo­ple are al­ready us­ing We­ston Street to go from Roberts Road and Archer Street be­cause the streets ei­ther side have dead ends. There is a slope at the in­ter­sec­tion of We­ston Street and Archer, which means there is poor vis­i­bil­ity.

“An­other fac­tor is the amount of noise; it will af­fect the peo­ple liv­ing next door, who will be ex­posed to that.

“There was a sig­nif­i­cant amount of peo­ple who ob­jected to it. There were 96 let­ters sent out with about 40 peo­ple putting in sub­mis­sions, with the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple rais­ing con­cerns. When you have about 40 per cent of peo­ple ob­ject­ing, it shows it’s not in the com­mu­nity’s in­ter­est.”

The cen­tre is pro­posed to ac­com­mo­date a max­i­mum of 82 chil­dren and op­er­ate from 7am to 6.30pm on Mon­day to Fri­day.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is be­ing rec­om­mended for ap­proval sub­ject to con­di­tions that in­clude noise mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures and a park­ing man­age­ment plan.

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