03:02AM, Thursday 03 July 2014
A controversial new day nursery opens its doors on Monday - despite being bitterly opposed by some who fear it will bring traffic chaos.
Royal Borough planning councillors gave their consent for the Poppies Nursery to go ahead on the site of the old Roman Catholic Church in St Luke's Road, Old Windsor last August - despite the concerns of the village's councillors who believed parents dropping off their children would cause havoc on the busy road.
This week Cllr Malcolm Beer (Independent, Old Windsor), who represents the village on the Royal Borough said: "We think it is going to be an environmental disaster. It can take 60 children and there is more or less nowhere for all those parents to park. On top of that there are 18 employees.
"We support a nursery on principal but not on that scale."
At the moment the nursery only has 15 pupils.
It is owned by Linda Hill and Anne Fox who already run Poppies nurseries in Beaconsfield, Bourne End and Marlow.
Mrs Fox said: "We met when were both nursery nurses at Maidenhead Nursery School and always talked about having our own one day. We went on to have five children between us before opening our first in 2006."
She said they were determined that parking would not cause problems outside their new venue. There were 12 parking spaces on site and parents' arrivals would be staggered with staff encouraged to car share and others walking or cycling to work.
She said: "We want to be part of the local community and hope to establish good links with schools and pre-schools in the area."
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