Childcare centre refused

Blocked: Fairfield Council rejected a development application for a childcare centre here at Fairfield West.Picture: Simon Bennett

Blocked: Fairfield Council rejected a development application for a childcare centre here at Fairfield West.Picture: Simon Bennett

A DEVELOPMENT application to build a childcare centre at Fairfield West for 40 children was knocked back by Fairfield Council last week.

The application was lodged with the council at a recent independent development assessment committee meeting.

It was refused at last Tuesday night's ordinary council meeting because it didn't comply with sections of the council's development control plan.

"The site of the proposed development is not suitable because of public safety and traffic impacts," the council report stated. "The approval of the proposal would also set an undesirable precedent."

The application for the centre, which was to be on Smithfield Road, was made by Terry Mansour, who owns two childcare centres in the area.

The Champion contacted Mr Mansour for comment but he declined.

Councillor Del Bennett told the council a childcare centre should not be put on a main road.

Cr Lawrence White agreed with her.

"We had a number of childcare centres considered for a busy road and one of the concerns the council has is the safety of kids entering and exiting," he said.

"We came up with a policy that's been set up for a number of years.

"If we break the policy, Mr Mayor, we don't have a policy any more."

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