Crawley News is reporting that children at a local pre-school are not being allowed to use their playground because members of the public have complained about the noise they are making.
Despite having used a section of the car park at Crawley Baptist Church, on Crabtree Road, as a makeshift playground for the past 12 years, a complaint has suddenly been raised against Holly Hedgehog Pre-School for doing so.
This has led to the church having to apply to amend the original planning permission for the car park in the hope that it will be allowed to continue to partition off five of the 51 parking spaces for a short period on the three days a week that the pre-school operates.
While a Crawley Borough Council planning officer has said she does not believe the additional noise is unreasonable, a decision now has to be made by the council’s development control committee because seven letters of objection have been received from five addresses after the planning application was submitted.
Amanda Kelly, manager of the pre-school, does not understand why it has suddenly become an issue.
She said: “We have been here since 2003 and these are two, three and four-year-olds who are not kicking large footballs at windows; they are just small children running around and giggling.
“They are out there for an hour in the morning and up to an hour-and-a-half in the afternoon. It’s not such a great length of time that we’re disturbing anyone.
“You’re always going to get people who are grumpy and don’t like children.”
In March, Holly Hedgehog was inspected by Ofsted, with the education watchdog rating it as “good”, partly because of the way staff made the most of the outdoor area to allow children to play both inside and outside…
Seems a bit petty doesn’t it or is that unfair to the residents?
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