Monday, 23 October 2017

Neighbours unhappy with pub playground

PLANS to build a children’s playground at a Charvil pub have been approved despite concerns from neighbours.

PLANS to build a children’s playground at a Charvil pub have been approved despite concerns from neighbours.

The Wee Waif in Old Bath Road has been granted planning permission for the wooden play unit, which includes a slide, fireman’s pole and monkey bars, as well as installing rooflights.

But people whose homes back on to the site are unhappy at the decision by Wokingham Borough Council and say they will suffer noise disturbance.

Zoe Heywood, of Kilowna Close, said: “There will be a great deal of additional noise along with children at a height where they can overlook our garden.”

Charvil Parish Council objected to the plan on a number of grounds, including that the pub’s smoking area would be too close to neighbouring homes.



Clerk Miranda Parker said: “A previous structure was removed in September 2012 after numerous complaints from neighbours and interventions from the police.

“The council feels strongly that this is the wrong place for such a structure.”

A spokesman from Greene King, which owns the pub, said: “The Wee Waif is a family friendly pub and the new play area will be an excellent addition for parents wanting to keep their children entertained while they enjoy a meal or drink.

“The play area is the final part of a refurbishment of the pub that was predominantly carried out in April and included other improvements to the outside area.

“We are aware of concerns some residents have about a few of the changes but hope that in time they will find them to be unfounded.

“Meanwhile, they are more than welcome to come into the pub and speak to the manager about any issues they may have.”



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