Ex­ten­sions need bound­ary space

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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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