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Noise complaints to Enfield Borough Council mean Children at Nursery on the Green in Enfield could lose right to use garden
Children may be forced to play inside all day at their nursery if Enfield Borough Council refuses it the right to use its garden.
Nursery on the Green in Chase Side, Enfield, could lose its right to let its children play in the garden because of noise complaints made by several neighbours.
The nursery has applied to continue using its garden, but owner Kaye Wildman cannot understand why officials have recommended refusing planning permission when councillors debate its application on Tuesday.
She said: “We have a beautiful garden and for the time being we are allowed nine children out there for an hour and a half in the morning and the same in the evening which is going to be taken away from us.”
The nursery currently has a temporary one-year licence to allow children to play outside, and if permission is not granted, Mrs Wildman has questioned the consequences on the alarming childhood obesity rates in the borough.
She said: “It is a disgrace that we are not going to be allowed to have a few children to play in the garden for a few hours a day.
"There are 420 primary school pupils at Chase Side school allowed out every day making so much more noise than our children here.
“It borders on the ridiculous, we have one of the highest childhood obesity levels in whole country and it looks like they are going to take this garden away from us which is ludicrous. It is a basic human right and the children won’t have it any more.”
However, the owner remains positive that the nursery can win the right to let its children play in the garden.
“I am a woman on a mission and I will stop at nothing to get the children here a garden. We have been overwhelmed with parents support and from lots of the people in the borough; we have more than 500 people sign a petition.”
The committee report suggests that the 12 complaints made by nearby residents were on the basis of noise complaints.
It reads: “The continued use of the garden will result in noise nuisance to adjoining residential gardens and carry through open windows of residential and commercial properties. It has been suggested that a maximum of six, rather than nine children should be allowed in the garden at any one time to alleviate the some of the noise nuisance currently experienced.”
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