Cannington: restrictions placed on proposed childcare centre

Cannington: restrictions placed on proposed childcare centre

A PROPOSED childcare centre in Cannington could result in children enrolled at the facility spending the majority of the time indoors, regardless of the weather.

The centre, planned for 38 Doust Street, is zoned residential under the City of Canning Town Planning Scheme No. 4 and must have council approval to proceed.

To limit noise associated with play areas, a recommended condition for the proposal limits play time in outside activity areas from 8.30am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm, with a maximum of 15 children outside at any one time.

The recommendation raised the ire of several councillors at last week’s council briefing meeting.

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Deputy Mayor Lindsay Holland said he had an issue with the time constraint on children’s outdoor play.

“You are going to have children on a beautiful sunny day who can’t go out and play,” he said. “I have a real issue with that.”

Nicholson Ward councillor Margaret Hall said she had inspected the property.

“I am horrified at the idea children would not be able to get out and play for longer,” she said. “I want the kids out there having fun.”

The City’s report states the proposal satisfies relevant planning requirements but a City officer at the meeting said inquiries would be made as to why the proposed time restriction had been included as a condition.