Owner of Nursery on the Green is 'anxious' ahead of a decision to grant garden playtime for the children

Shhh! Nursery on the Green could lose its garden playtime

Shhh! Nursery on the Green could lose its garden playtime

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The owner of a children's nursery admits she is nervous ahead of a ruling next week to determine whether the children can play in its garden.

Kaye Wildman of Chase Green Avenue, runs the nursery on the Green in Chase Side, Enfield and has fought to preserve the children’s outdoor play time at the nursery.

This was put under threat in September 2013, when officials recommendedn an Enfield Borough Council planning committee reject proposals to allow children to play outside because of neighbours' complaints about noise.

However, Ms Wildman and the day care centre received a late lifeline when the decision was adjourned for six months.

But even with a recommendation to approve proposals to allow the children outside for 90 minutes in the morning and 90 minutes in the afternoon, Ms Wildman says she has her reservations.

She said: “We have tried to make contact with all the residents surrounding the nursery and our local councillors to help come to an agreement.

“I am still anxious to find out the outcome because you can never be sure until you get to the meeting. Neighbours' complaints could make a big difference.”

The owner claims that she delivered letters to all 40 neighbours to host a meeting, however only two households attended.

She added: “We are due for a really lovely summer and outdoor play is absolutely crucial to the children as part of their growing up.

“If they were to have this opportunity turned down, this would be a major blow for us and we would appeal which would cost a lot of money.”

The nursery has recently received an outstanding grade from Ofsted and is one of two nurseries selected for Nursery of South England by the National Day Nursery Association.

The Enfield Council planning committee will meet on Monday, April 7 to determine the outcome.

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