Plans for new nursery in Clevedon criticised

PUBLISHED: 06:26 20 September 2019

An artist impression of McCarthy and Stone's development in Clevedon.  Picture: McCarthy and Stone

An artist impression of McCarthy and Stone's development in Clevedon. Picture: McCarthy and Stone

McCarthy and Stone

Air pollution tests should be carried out before a children’s nursery is built next to a busy roundabout in Clevedon.

That is the view of one of the town's North Somerset councillors who is concerned preschoolers' health could be damaged.

McCarthy & Stone wants to build a retirement development off Kenn Road, in addition to a playground and 80-place nursery.

A GP surgery was planned but the idea was scrapped in favour of a nursery.

Planning permission is being sought, but Cllr Mark Crosby is unhappy with the scheme.

Cllr Crosby, who was elected to serve Clevedon South for the first time in May, said: "UN children's charity Unicef recently described air pollution as a public health emergency.

"We know that particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide from car exhausts pose a particular threat to young children.

"This plan proposes to accommodate 80 babies and toddlers up to five years of age in a building that is literally just a stone's throw from the second busiest roundabout in Clevedon.

"The play area will be immediately next to the Tesco roundabout.

"The building will be opposite Tesco's service yard and next to the care home's 75 space car park.

"To top it all McCarthy & Stone wants to build a new road into the site between Tesco's roundabout and St Michaels Avenue.

"I have asked the council's planning officers to investigate including an independent air-quality assessment as a requirement of the application."

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