Almost 100 Macquarie View residents are objecting to a proposed child care centre on Hennessy Drive.
The facility is expected to look after up to 100 children at a time and employ 13 staff. It would consist of play rooms, cot rooms, amenities and an office space.
However, a petition against the proposal with 89 signatures from neighbours has been submitted to Dubbo Regional Council. It calls for the development to be rejected, based on the operating hours – which are outside the Child Care Planning Guidelines – the increase in traffic it would bring to the area and because it is against the intended character for the area.
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Resident José Monteiro said another child care facility wasn't needed in the area when there were already six or seven within a few kilometres, especially one that would cater for 100 children.
Mr Monteiro said the development was expected to bring a 38 per cent increase in traffic.
He said to put it into perspective, people should think about their salary increasing by 38 per cent and the difference it would make, or if council received 38 per cent less funding from the federal government.
"We're the ones who have been here. We're the ones who have a vested interest and pay our rates and yet we count for nothing. How frustrating is that?" Mr Monteiro said.
Council documents on the application say the intersection of Holmwood and Hennessy drives has sufficient capacity to accommodate the additional traffic generated by the child care centre.
Traffic is also expected to be split across two hour periods between 7am and 9am in the morning and 4pm and 6pm in the afternoon.
Mr Monteiro urged the councillors to put themselves in the neighbours' shoes.
"How would they go about it if they were actually here in the same situation as we are? If they were neighbours would they vote yes after they spent so much money buying a block of land to live here," he said.
Mr Monteriro has also raised concerns about the aesthetics of the facility. He said based on the plans it would be better suited to an industrial area, rather than a residential estate.
He said the development should be scaled back and moved to another area where residential development has not begun. It would ensure people knew the plans for the area when buying in the estate, he said.
The development is on the agenda for the council meeting on Monday night. Council staff have recommended the development be given approval.