New preschool: Sanctuary Point residents flag noise, traffic concerns

Shoalhaven City Councillor Bob Proudfoot is acting on behalf of residents concerned about the impact of a new preschool in a quiet, residential area. Picture taken at Hyams Beach
Shoalhaven City Councillor Bob Proudfoot is acting on behalf of residents concerned about the impact of a new preschool in a quiet, residential area. Picture taken at Hyams Beach

Residents living in a block of streets in a quiet, residential area are concerned about the preschool proposed for Tahnee Street, Sanctuary Point.

At capacity the preschool, on three lots of land, could cater for 90 kids per day.

Plans submitted to Shoalhaven City Council

Plans submitted to Shoalhaven City Council

A number of Nadine Street and Tahnee Street residents have signed a petition flagging traffic concerns, and the petition has been brought to the development committee for consideration.

On Tuesday night at the development committee meeting, Shoalhaven Councillors will vote on Cr Bob Proudfoot’s motion of notice, that the development application be calling in for determination by council due to considerable community concern regarding traffic movements and noise emanating from the site.

Using the Roads and Maritime Services guide, the author of the petition estimated Tahnee Street would experience an 800 extra vehicle movements per day – 900 movements in total.

Red marker indicates development site, red arrows indicate the way residents would like to see traffic directed along Tahnee Street, Sanctuary Point if the preschool is built. It is presently a two-way street.

Red marker indicates development site, red arrows indicate the way residents would like to see traffic directed along Tahnee Street, Sanctuary Point if the preschool is built. It is presently a two-way street.

An extract from the petition states:

This level of traffic is not acceptable on an access street with a width of 6m, but the existing section of Tahnee Street measures 4.4m drain to drain for most of its length putting it in the laneways category on council’s development control plan and should therefore be subject to less than 15 vehicle movements per day...

Early learning centres are an essential component of modern communities and must be allowed to exist but the proposed dangerous level of traffic particularly on a 4.4M wide laneway must be reduced.

A possible remedy would be to make this section of Tahnee Street into a one way precinct from Anson Street to Nadine Street and the counter flow to return to Anson Street via Kean Avenue. 

Plans submitted to Shoalhaven City Council

Plans submitted to Shoalhaven City Council

Council has received 23 submissions regarding the proposed preschool.

“With the right consent conditions, the early learning centre can go in while maintaining the amenity of the area,” Cr Proudfoot said.

“Some residents don’t want it at all, but they’d be okay if council tried to mitigate traffic and noise problems.

“Residents at neighbouring properties are worried about the noise impact. Imagine having 90 kids playing in the backyard next door. There are shift workers, and families with babies and infants in the area who need to sleep through the day. Without sound barriers or some mechanism to mitigate the noise impact the early learning centre will end up driving people around the bend.”

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