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Neighbours object to child care plan

Tuesday, 29th March, 2016

By Michael Murphy

The development of a long day child care centre in Tramway Terrace, Railwaytown, was “inappropriate” for the location, according to a City Council report.

Councillors are expected to determine the fate of the development application at their monthly meeting tomorrow night, after residents near the proposed location voiced their objections to it.

The proposed centre would cater for a maximum of 53 children - aged between 6 weeks and 5 years - and would operate for 48 to 50 weeks a year between 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, employing between six to nine staff.

A 22mx20m brick veneer building would be built on the vacant land, and it would include 19 off-street car parking spaces.

The applicants told Council that a “child care centre in the heart of Broken Hill will be of great importance to working families who require care for their children”.

The applicants also said they had spent 12 months choosing a suitable site.

“This site was selected based on the location, close to other businesses, yet quiet enough for a safe environment for children,” the applicants told Council.

“The centre will not be open during weekends or public holidays and therefore will not cause noise issues for residences.”

Council notified neighbours of the proposed development and received seven written objections - one of the letters was on the behalf of three residents - while two other neighbours expressed verbal concerns about it.

Most objected to the increased traffic in the street, which they said was “little more than a lane”.

“Tramway Terrace is a narrow street littered with driveways on both sides,” wrote one resident.

“Virtually all residents vehicles are reversed out into the Terrace and due to the narrow width of the street, residents can be easily blocked into their own driveway by cars parking too close to the driveway entrance or by parking adjacent.”

Another said: “Good planning should contribute positively to making places better for people. Do not believe that this proposed use will make things better for residents or those visiting Tramway Terrace.”

The Council report recommended that councillors refuse the application.

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