WAMBERAL residents are furious that a development application for a 120-place childcare centre on what they consider to be a “totally inappropriate” site has been lodged with Gosford Council.
Spokeswoman Lyn Colman said major concerns over the proposed site on the corner of Central Coast Highway and Reads Rd included noise levels, the inability of Reads Rd to cope with increased traffic levels and the safety of children attending the centre.
“This corner is already a notorious black spot and has been the scene of many accidents,” Ms Colman said.
“We are concerned that the children would be so close to a major highway.
“The extra traffic volume also worries us, with Reads Rd already a busy thoroughfare and in need of repair.
“Those parents who would want to walk their children to the centre would also face a perilous situation, with no clear pedestrian access on the highway.”
With 34 properties along Reads Rd, traffic flow is already substantial, the residents say.
The suburban street would be hard-pressed to cope with 60 or so parent vehicles each day, plus service vehicles.
Resident Anna Nolte said residents of the cul-de-sac, which is in a high-risk bushfire zone, were also concerned that the centre would put emergency vehicle access at risk in the event of a disaster.
“This is really not a good site for a childcare centre,” she said.
“Apart from anything else, residents would have to cope with increased noise levels from as early as 6am.”
Ms Colman also said that residents who have lodged submissions protesting the development have felt intimidated by actions from the council officers.
She said, for example, that she had been threatened with a fine of up to $1500 for displaying a sign in her bedroom window opposing the development.
Source: Terry Collins News Limited
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