Parking concerns over nursery plans
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.