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Children's nursery jobs boost

PUBLISHED: 15:02 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

MORE than 20 new jobs will be created thanks to the go-ahead for a new children's nursery at Martlesham Heath.

Parish councillors had voiced fears that the scheme would increase traffic problems, but planners said the users would mostly be people already working on the industrial estate.

MORE than 20 new jobs will be created thanks to the go-ahead for a new children's nursery at Martlesham Heath.

Parish councillors had voiced fears that the scheme would increase traffic problems, but planners said the users would mostly be people already working on the industrial estate.

Up to 90 children would be catered for in the single-storey building, which will be built in Barrack Square. The nursery will have 22 full time staff and additional part timers.

Suffolk Coastal council's south development control sub committee approved the scheme providing the developers can draw up a measures to protect the children from noise from traffic on the A12 alongside.

Experts from the council will liaise with the nursery over a solution, likely to be fencing or dense hedging.

Martlesham Parish Council has expressed concern over extra traffic being generated by parents travelling to and from the nursery.

During rush hour, the A12 that leads to the industrial estate and BT's Adastral Park often becomes gridlocked.

More and more offices are being planned for the industrial estate and Suffolk Coastal has launched a 10-year-plan to turn Adastral Park into a research park similar to that at Cambridge.

It is with that in mind that residents and councillors from Martlesham and Kesgrave have been pressing for something to be done about the amount of traffic using that stretch of the A12.

Councillor Ron Else said: "This is a perfect site for a nursery. There are a thousand parents who work at Adastral Park and many require pre-school facilities.

"I think the extra traffic will simply be workers who use Adastral Park already. I don't think this will be the straw that breaks the camel's back. As far as traffic goes, I think the camel's back has already been broken."

Planning officers said the venture would not only be useful for employees in the area, but also residents on the neighbouring estate.

The nursery, which will have 15 car parking spaces, is being developed by Gordon Saville Properties Ltd, who have agreed to move it slightly to keep it away from protected pine trees and also to plant a line of mature trees in front of the building.

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