Manor Avenue Nursery Rejected

The highly controversial proposal to convert the United Services Club on Manor Avenue in to nursery was rejected by Lewisham Concil's planning committee last night.

Reader Reg writes:

At the Lewisham Town Hall Civic Centre the planned nursery at 60 Manor Avenue rejected.

Chair of committee, Councillor John Francsois Paschoud (Labour), fought long and hard for conditions to be set that would allow the nursery to go ahead. He wanted a nursery at Manor Avenue.He was challenged by Councillor Cathy Priddey (Lib Dem Party) and Councillor Sue Luxton (Green Party).

Priddey was not at all happy that relevant information was not forthcoming from developer Zoom Nurseries. Priddey also felt that the nursery would impact on neighbours, and that this she also could not allow.

Councillor John Paschoud repeatedly attempted to push the decision towards a resolution that would allow a nursery. It was pointed out by Councillor Cath Priddey that a nursery had recently been turned down at 42 Beadnell Road, Forest Hill, and that this may be relevant. Councillor Priddey was later joined in the challenge by Councillor Sue Luxton (Green Party) who pressed hard for answers on several issues, as she has done since the application. During the debate Luxton also expressed concerns about getting rid of a cycle track and felling a long-established tree.