PLANS have been submitted to turn the former Salvation Army hall on Corringham Road in Stanford-le-Hope into a children’s nursery – which could provide a solution to a long-standing dispute in another part of the city. town.
After many years of serving the local community, the Stanford branch was linked to Wickford in May this year and the hall was closed.
An application has now been lodged with the planning department of Thurrock Council by Ms Victoria Jarosz, who runs Rose Buddies Childcare Ltd.
Ms Jarosz has been at the center of local controversy and clashes with neighbors over the childcare service she currently operates from her home in Branksome Avenue on the Homesteads estate.
Vikki Jarosz’s house on Branksome Avenue which currently houses her babysitting business.
She had long wanted to expand the business but was refused planning permission by the council and lost an appeal to the planning inspectorate. Following this, she told Nub News in May that she would be looking for business premises. This search led her to the now disused room.
In her application to council, Ms Jarosz says: “I would like to move my existing childcare business to commercial premises.
“We provide childcare for working parents with children aged 0-11 (older children before and after school and school holidays).
“There are currently three full-time staff members with working hours varying between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday. We would all move to the new premises to continue working together.
“I am currently registered as a nanny with two assistants, but I would register as a crèche as I am in a commercial premises. The children all attend different times, so they arrive and leave at different times .
“The maximum we have arriving at a time is three children and the same when they leave. The first arrives at 7 a.m. and the last currently leaves at 6:30 p.m.
“We are an established childcare provider and we are trying to relocate the business to what the council deem to be more suitable premises.
“The hall is currently a Salvation Army church but has recently closed. They have agreed to sell me for use as a nativity scene and understand that I am applying for planning permission for a change of use.”
The full application and the ability to comment can be found via this link.