New sworn affidavits by the owners of an Onchan kindergarten and its staff have been submitted as part of its bid for a certificate of lawful use relating to the maximum number of children attending.
The application (12/01549/LAW) was originally submitted by Richard Welch of the Beehive Kindergarten, in Hillberry Road, Onchan, in November 2012.
It states: ‘Numbers of children attending the kindergarten have consistently been more than 55 since January 1991 and normally the kindergarten operates at our registered number of 72 i.e. full.’
A condition of planning approval granted in 1988 restricted the maximum number of children attending at any time to not more than 55.
In the bid Mr Welch explains: ‘The figure of 55 came about because at a meeting we were asked how many children might attend and that was the number we suggested as that would be the number that might be approved under the then rules by Registrations and Inspections as they are now and was not, as suggested by some, decided by planning.’
The sworn affidavits by Richard and Vivienne Welch are intended to ‘add clarity as to the day to day operation’ of the Beehive. They include details on how often it operates at near capacity, as well as the sickness records and extra sessions.
Onchan Commissioners recommended refusal when they considered the original application, saying there had been a continuous disregard of the regulations and planning conditions on numbers of children.