Protest over fields and car park sell-off

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A CAM­PAIGN has been launched to fight plans to sell off play­ing fields and a car park.

Cheshire East Coun­cil is hop­ing to sell the for­mer in­fants school site con­nected to Ver­non Pri­mary School in Poyn­ton.

Football club Rich­mond Rovers claim hun­dreds of chil­dren will be left with nowhere to play while par­ents with chil­dren at the school claim the move with cre­ate traf­fic chaos be­cause par­ents use the car park to drop their kids off

Cam­paign­ers are now urg­ing res­i­dents to op­pose the plans be­fore the dead­line for ob­jec­tions on Fri­day, July 17.

Par­ent Kirsty Keogh said the car park - which has space for 30 ve­hi­cles - is es­sen­tial.

She said: “Walk­ing to school is bad enough at the mo­ment. Par­ents park in nearby residential streets and mount the curb to give cars more room to pass. But that makes it dan­ger­ous for pedes­tri­ans.

“It can be may­hem dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour. Peo­ple try­ing to get to work get im­pa­tient be­cause the road is blocked and they can make rash judge­ments as they try and squeeze past parked cars or swerve to avoid on­com­ing traf­fic.

“In the mid­dle of all this, chil­dren are mak­ing a dash for it across the road to school. If we lose the car park, it will just get worse. It’s an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.”

Cam­paign­ers ar­gue that the al­ter­na­tive car park near Waitrose is too busy at peak times.

From Septem­ber, pres­sure for park­ing.will in­crease as Ver­non Pri­mary takes in 60 chil­dren to its Re­cep­tion Year for the first time.

Par­ent Beki Lan­caster said: “Ver­non School is get­ting big­ger and so is Poyn­ton. Where will all the ex­tra peo­ple park? You can’t just get rid of a car park and not ex­pect con­se­quences.

“The im­pact of los­ing this much-need vil­lage fa­cil­ity is more far­reach­ing than the sim­ple in­con­ve­nience of find­ing some­where else to park.”

Mike Cash, chair­man of Rich­mond Rovers FC said: “Los­ing the fields will be dis­as­trous for us and the hun­dreds of chil­dren and am­a­teur foot­ballers who love play­ing on them and have done so for over 20 years. If this site was sold, it’s hard to see where we would go in­stead.”

Ver­non Pri­mary School and Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil has al­ready raised its ob­jec­tions with the coun­cil. Cheshire East Coun­cil did not not re­sponded to a re­quest for a com­ment. Those wish­ing to ob­ject to the pro­posal should email steven. plack@cheshireeast.gov.uk

●● Kirsty Keogh and Beki Lan­caster (front) are part of a cam­paign to stop a car park and play­ing fields be­ing sold off in Poyn­ton

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