COACH PARK IS JUST THE START
IT is clear that Cheadle Hulme School is planning to build, not a coach drop-off area as Sue Kershaw states in her letter of November 27, but a 16-berth coach park, which is not the same thing.
It is clearly marked out on the plans as a coach park, with its 16 slots for coach parking clear to see. Obviously it can also be used as a drop-off area.
The land that this coach park is to be built on does belong to the school, but it is also designated greenbelt land.
A look at the school’s website shows why a 16-berth coach park is planned. The school is already advertising the hiring out of numerous sports pitches, a gymnasium, halls and rooms for meetings, weddings, conferences, casino nights, race nights etc.
It also advertises itself as a venue for, and I quote, ‘a mini-music festival, classic or prestige car rally......any event that requires a large flat area’. It also suggests that it would be a wonderful setting for television and film productions.
The map accompanying the school’s 100-year strategic plan shows the intention of building an enormous new sports hall conveniently near to the promised coach park, as well as six new sports pitches on greenbelt land. These would be in addition to the ten or so pitches the school already has.
None of the hiring of these facilities is permitted during school hours, which means a big increase in noise and traffic in the evenings and at weekends. Given all the advertising of the school’s facilities, it is impossible to believe that the coach park has been planned only to improve the traffic situation at the start and close of the school day.
Cheadle Hulme Enterprises Limited seems to be organising the transforming of Cheadle Hulme School and its surrounding greenbelt land into a massive sports complex and events venue.
This will have a damaging effect on the area and take away most of the greenbelt. Despite what chief operating officer Sue Kershaw implies in her letter, this organisation is obviously hoping to attract groups from further afield than the local area – otherwise why does their website stress that the school is close to an international airport, the city of Manchester and several motorways?
The school does own the greenbelt which surrounds it. Now they seem to be looking to make commercial use of this land.
The school’s website makes their plans very clear to anyone who looks at it, and it is strange that Mrs Kershaw doesn’t seem to know about them. Eileen Banks Cheadle Hulme