New places at Ashtead school approved despite traffic concerns

April 8, 2015
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Plans to provide more than 200 new places at a primary school have been approved, despite concerns over traffic and parking.

The Greville Primary School, in Ashtead, currently caters for 450 pupils but a new teaching block will be built to accommodate 660 pupils.

The application was approved despite concerns that the plans will increase traffic congestion and parking problems at peak times in the area.

The school currently admits 30 pupils a year at age four and 60 pupils a year at age seven, but the expansion will see the intake increase to 60 pupils at age four and 90 pupils at age seven.

The infant section of the school has already taken on 60 extra pupils in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with a temporary double classroom built on site.

It is proposed that the extra intake at the school will begin this September with the building work to begin this summer.

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) planners, when consulted on the proposals objected to the plans, raising concerns over a lack of parking provision and loss of open space.

Ashtead district and county Councillor Chris Townsend said Mole Valley District Council did not object to the application, but simply raised concerns.

He said: “There are issues around traffic and parking but we have done our very best to mitigate this.

“We plan to widen the roads and I am working on a separate planning application to install yellow lines near the school to ease the parking situation and make it much safer for school children.

“Parents will also be able to park for free for half an hour at the Ashtead Peace Memorial and walk their children to The Greville, which will help.”

Cllr Townsend said although he understood residents concerns regarding congestion and parking, the local authority had no choice but to expand the school.

He said: “We are having more and more younger families coming to the area over the last five years. In fact, I know that the places for people that have chosen The Greville as their first choice this September, are full.

“So if you put The Greville down as your second choice and you do not get your first choice, you will still not get into Greville.

“This is the situation that we are in and we need to deal with it.

“We have worked with a group of local residents to accommodate their concerns as best we can but I want children from Ashtead to go to their local schools. And if they can’t do that, it will put pressure on other areas in the district.

“We estimate that during peak times there may be around 40 more vehicles parking at the school, but this is an estimate.

“We would not build these schools in the areas that they are in today but that is the situation we are in. We are trying to do the best we can. We simply need the places.”

Jeannette Eaton, from Berry Meade Close, wrote to MVDC to object to the application.

She said: “It is already an overcrowded area with residents vehicles.

“More traffic coming into the area will only create more congestion. We even have parents parking in Berry Meade Close on the pavement as well as the parking areas.

“It is not just outside the school that parking is an issue, it is Berry Meade, Bramley Way, Darcy Road, and Hill Side.

“The emergency services would not be able to get through these roads, due to the volume of parents parking when dropping or picking up their children. I worry an accident is waiting to happen.”

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/new-places-ashtead-school-approved-9000083


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