‘Pupils will take park­ing spa­ces’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.”

Pic­ture : Gary Browne PD1553543

Res­i­dents are com­plain­ing about the rub­bish strewn on the path next to the Nor­ton Knatch­bull School

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