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    Default Cafe receives noise complaints about their cubby house.

    "A Sydney cafe has been inundated with support on social media after battling with neighbours and local council over the proposed removal of their backyard cubby house due to noise complaints.

    Sprout Wholefoods Cafe and Grocer, in Naremburn on Sydney’s lower north shore, has received numerous complaints in recent months about “yelling, screaming and crying” from children playing in the cafe’s backyard area.

    The cafe is popular with young families and has a large lawn, seating area and cubby house at the rear of the property."

    http://mobile.news.com.au/lifestyle/...-1227177051509

    "Cafe owner Joe Melhem told news.com.au the noise complaints started several months ago from neighbours who do shift work and work from home during the day."

    What you all think?

    Reading the comments on the article I think some people have forgotten that they were kids too once! I also don't think removal of the cubby house will stop the noise completely either.

    Also should add this for the non clickers -

    "During an emergency meeting on Tuesday evening with Willoughby mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, the council agreed they wouldn’t remove the cubby house. But some changes do need to be made, a council spokeswoman told news.com.au.

    “The feedback we received from residents is that it’s yelling, screaming and crying all day. We really just want to find that balance for everybody. We don’t want to take away the cubby house, but we need to find a way to reduce the sound,” she said.

    “Sprout [currently] have council approval to have some tables on the back deck, but they’ve added more tables down the back and put the cubby house there. That means it’s bringing the intensity of the use of the space up a bit and it’s causing noise for the neighbours that live around that area.

    “They’re extending the size of their business so they can fit more people in, and that is something we need to consult the surrounding people about.”

    Mr Melhem accepts his cafe has to compromise: “At the end of the day you have to abide by the rules. We have no choice.”"
    Last edited by Lauzy; 07-01-2015 at 13:20.

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    Well if they're annoyed listening to the noise when kids have something to do they won't like the noise of kids with nothing to do. Considering the cafe sounds family friendly I doubt removing the cubby will do much to lessen the noise anyway.

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    Urgh narrow minded peeps annoy me! How are kids supposed to learn to be in public if you don't take them out? These people clearly have high expectations when it comes to kids and behaviour....I bet they've forgotten they were little rat bags at some stage.

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    I know this sounds overly simplistic, but if I was a neighbour and was truly so bothered by the noises of the children playing, I'd move.

    I don't believe removing the cubby house is going to drastically diminish the children making noise.

    I've lived next door to a preschool and it honestly didn't bother us a bit, hearing the kids playing, screaming etc. I can think of a lot worse sounds to be subjected to.

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    Noise during the day is normal! If they want to sleep during the middle of the day they shouldn't live next to a shopping strip. Grumble bums!

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    I wonder if the residents living nearby know if these fantastic inventions called earplugs...

    No matter where you live daytimes will always have noise whether it be from a neighbour mowing lawns or construction or just general traffic.

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    I'm with Degrassi. I'd move if it bothered me that much that it interfered with my day to day life. If the noise from the cafe is that much of a nuisance then I'd take that to mean the area doesn't suit me and move.

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    it would depend on some of the circumstances as well

    If it was a residential area, and a new cafe opened in the middle of it ... then yeah I would understand compaints about the size of the business, parking, noise and other associated issues.

    But the article says
    While Naremburn is largely a residential area, Sprout Cafe sits on a busy shopping strip alongside lots of other small businesses.
    so that kinda cuts that out.

    If you live next to a shopping strip, you have to expect noise. Childrens laughter and crying isnt over the top, it isnt out of place anywhere .. its to be expected.

    I cant believe the council agreed to forcibly removing it

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    First world probs at it's finest.
    If the sounds of innocence, joy and children having fun is all they have to complain about, I think they need to have a good hard look at themselves.
    Better than gunfire and the sounds of war that people in other parts of the world endure daily.
    My heart bleeds. Not.

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