Peace talk Nurs­ery re­jects fears over ‘cry­ing babies’

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Melissa JONES [email protected]­plc.com

ANURSERY has re­as­sured res­i­dents over con­cerns about babies cry­ing as it seeks per­mis­sion to open its win­dows.

Win­ton House Day Nurs­ery, in Chel­tenham, has fixed frames on the first floor of its War­den Hill Road premises.

At present, it has to op­er­ate fans for ven­ti­la­tion at the site, which has lim­its on the num­ber of chil­dren al­lowed out­side at any one time.

Staff are re­stricted to tak­ing five for each play ses­sion in the gar­den so it does not cause is­sues for peo­ple liv­ing nearby.

Along­side the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to solve the is­sues with the win­dows, there is a sep­a­rate one ask­ing for the go-ahead to in­crease the num­ber of chil­dren al­lowed out­side to 12.

A let­ter to Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil states: “Any po­ten­tial noise source (re: the win­dows), ie. babies cry­ing, is not sus­tained, as it is the job of a nurs­ery to re­tain a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment. Fur­ther­more, by virtue of their age, the babies have sched­uled nap times dur­ing the nurs­ery’s open­ing hours.

“Con­se­quently, it is con­sid­ered any po­ten­tial noise could be clas­si­fied as ‘present and not in­tru­sive.’ There­fore it is con­sid­ered that re­moval of the con­di­tion would not have any im­pact on res­i­den­tial amenity.”

The nurs­ery was vis­ited by a coun­cil en­force­ment of­fi­cer on July 25 af­ter com­plaints from a neigh­bour.

Bosses em­pha­sised that chil­dren are “not ex­ces­sively loud”.

At present, they can play out­side be­tween 10am and 4pm.

The re­stric­tion for five chil­dren us­ing the gar­den dates back to 2000 when plan­ners first gave per­mis­sion for the ground floor of a large de­tached house to be turned into the child­care fa­cil­ity.

It is claimed its cur­rent op­er­a­tion is ‘in­ef­fec­tive’ due to the var­i­ous lim­its im­posed.

Plan­ners will de­cide on the two ap­pli­ca­tions in the com­ing weeks.

The nurs­ery had not re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment at the time of go­ing to press.

It is the job of a nurs­ery to re­tain a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment

Win­ton House Day Nurs­ery

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