Paulton schools' expansion is opposed by parents

  • 4 February 2013
  • From the section Somerset

Plans to expand two schools in a Somerset village have been opposed by parents over traffic safety fears.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is holding a public consultation over whether to double the intake at Paulton Infant and Paulton Junior schools.

Parents believe access to the site is already difficult and more pupils would create "an accident waiting to happen".

The council has said it is in the early stages of planning and building a new school is not out of the question.

Cabinet member for schools, Liberal Democrat Dine Romero, said: "It is acknowledged there is a problem with parking with people trying to drop off and stop in inappropriate places.

'Turning triangle'

"One of the solutions we're considering is perhaps some additional land as a drop off zone - so people could pull over and drop their kids off and somebody can take a selection of children into the schools."

But parents have said the idea of a "turning triangle" near the school entrance has been considered for some time by the council to deal with existing congestion.

Parent Kirsty Roberts added: "There'll be 270 infant school pupils going into that school.

"This is reception year one and year two children who at the moment get dropped off at the classroom door - they're not able to unload their bags and lunchboxes themselves. It won't work."

The council is consulting over the future of six schools in total: Bathampton Primary, Castle Primary, Paulton Infant, Paulton Junior, Peasedown St. John Primary and Weston All Saints C of E Primary schools.

Increasing the number of primary school places is needed to deal with the increasing birth rate and new housing estates being built in the area.

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