A registered child minder who operated her Boston business from home without consent for two years now faces having to close the service.
At a meeting of the borough council’s planning committee last Tuesday, members heard details of the ‘emotive’ case of Carol Fossit Childminding – but voted to refuse retrospective planning permission.
Since June, 2012, Mrs Fossitt has run her childminding business from her detached four-bed home in Fairfax Close, situated on a housing development. She has been caring for up to 12 children at any one time, with the aid of two part-time staff.
Members heard details of objections from neighbours about noise and disruption from children playing in the garden, and the sounds of them being dropped off early in the morning.
Speaking on behalf of the neighbours, resident Caroline Wilkinson said the ‘noise and disturbance’ was having an ‘unacceptable impact’ on those living close by.
“It’s the sheer volume created by the amount of children and the close proximity of our homes to the house in question,” she said.
Appealing to the committee, Mrs Fossitt said she could reduce the maximum number of children to nine and had already made adjustments to deal with noise.
“I appeal to you to give me a chance to continue with my business,” she said, adding that a refusal would result in her losing her livelihood and home, as well as causing disruption to the children.
The committee said they were not questioning the quality of care, but added that a built-up housing area is ‘not the right place for a business of this nature that involves the employment of staff’.
Members described the case as ‘very emotive’, and voted to give Mrs Fossitt a three-month extension to the period of compliance.