Row over proposed nursery

A FORMER doctors' surgery is set to be turned into a children's nursery – despite villagers' fears over traffic danger.The Playpit Partnership, which already runs a nursery in Felixstowe, is expanding its business to open new premises in High Road, Trimley St Mary.

A FORMER doctors' surgery is set to be turned into a children's nursery – despite villagers' fears over traffic danger.

The Playpit Partnership, which already runs a nursery in Felixstowe, is expanding its business to open new premises in High Road, Trimley St Mary.

But its bid to use the village's doctors' surgery, which is closing, at the Faulkeners Way mini roundabout has drawn objections from parish councillors.

They say the junction is already dangerous and there are "considerable concerns" about the congestion on High Road, which may result from families dropping off their children at the centre.

"Only 12 parking spaces are proposed in the car park. The council would like to know if the whole scheme is moving to Trimley and how many workers will be involved, since staff will fill many, if not all, of these spaces," said councillors.

"It is very likely users of the nursery will drop off and pick up children while parking on the High Road and this would pose a serious hazard to parents, children and motorists alike."

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The nursery would operate from 7am to 7pm weekdays, employ nine full-time and six part-time staff and cater for up to 60 children.

Tiddlywinks Day Nursery, in High Road, has also objected, claiming the new nursery could damage its business and is not needed because it would exceed demand for child spaces for the Trimley St Mary catchment area.

In a report to Suffolk Coastal's development control sub committee, which is recommended to approve the application on November 13, planning officers said: "The need for a further nursery in the area is not a planning consideration.

"It is obviously for the applicants to decide whether or not their business will be viable."

The Playpit Partnership has told the council it was unlikely 30 children would arrive at the nursery at a similar time and youngsters start sessions at different times over the course of a morning.

"Although this is a busy stretch of road particularly in the morning and evening, the highway authority has raised no objection to the proposal, and the applicants have indicated that children will arrive and leave over a staggered period," said the planners' report.

The only other concern was possible noise nuisance from children playing outside, but this will be overcome by only small groups of youngsters being allowed outside between 9am-5pm in summer and 10am–4pm in winter.

A legal agreement will also be signed to ensure a house, for which permission was previously granted, is not built on the nursery car park.

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