Noise of children playing row reignites as school plans new £300,000 nursery
PEOPLE who live near a Breightmet school have restarted complaints about the "noise" of children playing after it applied to build a new £300,000 nursery building.
Little Ozzie’s, the pre-school attached to SS Osmund and Andrew’s, has spent the last six years in portable cabins off Falkirk Drive, Breightmet, since opening in September 2007.
Its plans to build the new premises, where up to 45 children aged five and under will be cared for, were shelved several times due to the economic downturn.
But nearby residents have now complained about the proposals, arguing that the noise from the children playing is already too loud.
In a letter to the council William Disley, from Kilbride Avenue, said there was already a ‘severe noise nuisance’ which would only worsen should their building become a permanent fixture.
He added: “Attempts have been made with the erection of acoustic fencing but it had a minimal impact due to the high level of noise nuisance.
“The erection of a permanent building will act as a barrier and retain noise which would impact on the enjoyment of our properties and amenities.”
Headmaster John Thorpe said the plans will mean the noise will reduce for nearby residents, as the playground will move further away from the site’s edge.
He added: “The portable cabin structure has been excellent for our purposes thus far.
“It was an affordable solution to the problem, the lack of funds.
“In terms of what we want for the 21st century it’s not the sort of building we require.
“If we can provide them with an environment in which they are comfortable and happy then it is inevitable that they will learn.”
To see the proposals, search for planning application number 90726/13 on Bolton Council’s planning website.
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