Next generation of builders getting their hard hats ready
PLANS for a training centre in a former tile shop in Morelands have been given the go ahead to train the next generation of builders.
Bridge Training Ltd has submitted a successful planning application to change the use of 133 Bristol Road from a tile shop to a training centre – despite concerns from neighbours over noise.
The proposals were approved amid concerns over increased levels of noise emanating from the site because of the nature of its new use.
Louise Mullen's house in Lysons Avenue backs on to the former tile shop.
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She said: "This is a residential area and many properties and gardens surround these premises. We all enjoy peaceful surroundings.
"Our concern is twofold – that of noise and of being overlooked. We are fearful that the noise of the machinery will have an impact on us.
"Even if the trainees were permanently indoors, can we be sure that the noise will not travel?
"We firmly believe that the proposal is completely at odds with the current surrounding environment and would cause a deterioration in our enjoyment of our homes and gardens."
Meanwhile, Harriet Ouroussoff, also of Lysons Avenue, said: "I enjoy being in my garden very much and I'm worried that there is going to be excessive noise from the training centre, with power tools etc going on until 9pm, people coming and going and parking cars etc, and this may seriously affect the noise levels and the peace in my garden.
"We have serious problems with parking in Lysons Avenue and would be concerned that the staff and trainees will not be parking in our street."
The site will cater for between 200 and 300 students each year with 40 on site at any one time. Meanwhile, there will also be seven employees on site.
Sally Hammond, business manager at the Bridge, said: "We are all really excited about it, we are in there at the moment putting up partitions and forming our classrooms.
"I saw the complaints about noise and parking.
"Regarding the noise issue the training will take place between 9am and 3pm and it will be things like plastering, brick laying and car mechanics, not heavy industry.
"As for parking, most of our students will be aged 16 to 18 and will be on foot or on their bicycles."
She added: "From around October we will be able to offer full dilpomas and full-time courses for school leavers, whereas currently we aren't able to do so due to lack of facilities.
"With all the rule changes at the moment, and youngsters having to study on past 16, this is quite timely."