"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."
"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.”"