‘Pupils will take parking spaces’
NEIGHBOURS of a school fear more disruption following the planned opening of a new sixth form unit.
Residents of Ashford’s Essella Road, say they suffered three years of disruption from The North School’s refurbishment.
They fear the same with the new unit because there are too few spaces for students’ cars.
Margaret Haywood, secretary of the East Stour Community Forum (ESCF) residents’ association, said: “Quite a few residents are worried that we are going to have the upheaval that we had over the last three years.
“If the car park isn’t big enough they will use Essella Road. This is what happened during the reconstruction.”
There are expected to be 40 parking spaces for an eventual 160 students.
The sixth form centre is expected to open next September and follows the unveiling of the £18 million refurbished school last October. ESCF is discussing the matter at its next meeting on March 25.
Kent County Council says it has consulted on the proposal and while the new sixth form unit plans were widely supported concerns about parking were also taken seriously.
Head teacher Lesley Ellis said: “We take our responsibility to be a good neighbour very seriously and we have agreed to work with local residents to ensure that we resolve parking issues before they arise.”
Residents are complaining about the rubbish strewn on the path next to the Norton Knatchbull School