Small ECD gets support

2015-11-24 06:00

The proposed application to permit a place of instruction in the form of a small scale Early Childhood Development Centre in Plumstead has received support from Protea subcouncil 20.

This was revealed last week at the subcouncil 20 meeting.

Ward councillor Elizabeth Brunette says she has no issues with regard to the application and supports the proposal.

“I however request that an extra 30 minutes be given in the morning and afternoon for drop-offs and pick-ups,” she says.

The centre operates between 08:30 and 12:30 and will have a maximum of 12 children on the property.

The report states that two objections were received with regard to the application which include concerns with regard to massive traffic congestion due to Norman Henshilwood High School and the Monterey Pre-primary School in Denbigh Road.

The objector’s statement also includes that at times she has difficulty accessing her property, excessive noise levels, and that 12 children will double the noise level.

The objector is also concerned about the jungle gym being close to the road and that it could be dangerous in terms of children falling into the road or being grabbed by someone with ill intensions.

In response the applicant stated that the ECD centre’s drop-off times do not coincide with the two schools and therefore will not add to the congestion, and parents dropping off their children will not park in Mensey Road, adding that both teachers park off street in the garage at the ECD Centre and the classroom assistant uses public transport and walks to work.

Further, the application motivates that the demographics of the neighbourhood have and continue to change as more and more young families move in. The sound of children playing is a normal occurrence.

With regard to the objectors concerns with road safety, the application motivates that road safety is always a concern for any parent, teacher or driver and that a child running into the road can happen anytime, not just when dropping off or collecting children from an ECD Centre.

The applicant further tries to keep the noise levels reasonable and doesn’t allow the children to play screaming games, while on average the children are only outside for one and a half hours of the morning.

The subcouncil report states that the “proposal will not negatively affect the existing character of the area or impact on the neighbouring properties”.

It also states that the ECD can be seen as “complementary to the residential area by adding a much needed childcare amenity to residents”.

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