Park­ing con­cerns over nurs­ery plans

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

A PLAN to cre­ate a vil­lage nurs­ery in Fren­sham has pro­voked a wave of ob­jec­tions from res­i­dents con­cerned it would cause traf­fic con­ges­tion.

An ap­pli­ca­tion has been made to Waver­ley Bor­ough Coun­cil for per­mis­sion to change the use of St Mary's Church hall, on The Street, to nurs­ery use, as well as for the cre­ation of an out­door play space be­hind the hall.

The project would be a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween St Mary’s Church of Eng­land In­fant School and Fren­sham Church, who say they want to es­tab­lish a nurs­ery school with the same Chris­tian ethos that un­der­pins the ‘very suc­cess­ful in­fant school’.

In a state­ment sup­port­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion for plan­ning per­mis­sion, ap­pli­cant Richard Pot­ter said: “In the last two years there has been a sub­stan­tial change in the de­mo­graphic of Fren­sham, with 40 new fam­i­lies with small chil­dren hav­ing moved in.

“Enough fam­i­lies have in­di­cated in­tent to use a new pre-school for there to be 20 chil­dren per morn­ing.”

The nurs­ery would op­er­ate on week­days be­tween 9am and 1pm. The ap­pli­cant does not pro­pose to pro­vide any new car park­ing spa­ces.

Jane and Peter Heath, who live op­po­site the church hall said there had been a ‘strik­ing’ in­crease in traf­fic in The Street over the past 20 years, and ob­jected to the change of use on the ba­sis that there was in­ad­e­quate room for park­ing and turn­ing at the site.

“There are reg­u­larly cars parked on blind cor­ners to­wards the vicarage, with no ap­par­ent thought to other road users,” the cou­ple told the coun­cil.

They also pointed out that the lane pro­vided the only ac­cess to a util­ity com­pany pump­ing sta­tion, which was of­ten blocked by ‘ir­re­spon­si­ble driv­ers’, ar­gu­ing that the reg­u­lar use of the church hall for a nurs­ery would ex­acer- bate the prob­lem.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­flects a num­ber of sim­i­lar ob­jec­tions by other nearby res­i­dents, con­cerned over ad­e­quacy of park­ing and lack of turn­ing space on The Street.

A de­ci­sion is ex­pected to be made on the pro­posal by early Septem­ber.

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