A nursery has been hit with a temporary ban, which means children that attend their setting are not allowed to play outside, after neighbours complained about the noise levels.
Objectors complained to the council, saying that there was, “far too much noise” and that the “giggling and laughing” coming from the garden was annoying.
The small outside area allows children to play out in the fresh air; they also have an area to grow strawberries and tomatoes, but they must now stop using the area until the council has investigated the site.
Manager at the pre-school, Amanda Kelly, has spoken out saying the children were not at all noisy.
Having been open and complaint free since 2003, Ms Kelly went on to say;
“We have been here since 2003 and these are two, three and four-year-olds who are not kicking large footballs at windows.”
“They are just small children running around and giggling.”
“They are out there for an hour in the morning and up to an hour and a half in the afternoon. It’s not such a great length of time that we’re disturbing anyone.”
“You’re always going to get people who are grumpy and don’t like children.”
The setting cares for 22 children and is based in Crawley Baptist Church, they received a glowing Ofsted report earlier this year which highlighted the outdoor play area.
One local Christopher Dennis has said, “Who complains about laughing children? It’s one of the loveliest sounds in the world.”
“These people need to realise that by writing to the council to complain they are depriving children of playing outside – I hope they are happy with themselves.”
The council’s development control committee have asked that the outdoor play area not be used until the complaints are fully investigated, with the ruling due out later this month.