Extensions need boundary space
LOCAL authorities are giving planning permission for single storey house extensions, garages etc all with pitched roofing up to the boundaries of adjoining properties.
The repair and maintenance of these extensions relies on access from adjoining properties which, in some cases, is hampered by mature garden trees and shrubs and fences.
This can lead to neighbourly disputes and additional expense for access and scaffolding etc.
It would be helpful therefore if local authorities gave consideration to ease of access to these extensions before giving planning permission.
In some cases leaving a walkway space between the extension and the boundary would be appropriate.
WH EVANS Layters Way Gerrards Cross
on our Bucks education system.
For a long time, we have been assured by the local authority that this is the best, fairest system in the UK.
We trusted our authority, we bought into this idea, we invested the future of our children in this system.
Yet now we have evidence-based challenge to this long held assertion.
There is no definitive response from either the authority or the setters of the 11-plus.
Now, it appears the select committee has to haul them in for questioning.
I am a governor at a secondary modern school (where children that do not pass the 11-plus are placed).
I can tell you, first hand, there are relentless pressures on all secondary moderns in Bucks.
They are inadequately funded, they have big staff turnovers, they get de-motivated children at age 11 years old and they are also forced to take a grossly unfair number of SEN and children on pupil premium.
The heads and staff work overly hard, God bless them all.
However, this amount of effort is not sustainable.
Something is not right at this moment. We cannot continue this way. I look forward to reading what the grammars have to say for themselves in your paper.
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