School plans up­grade with £206k wind­fall

Coun­cil backs pro­pos­als for de­vel­op­ers’ cash

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE - philip.nor­[email protected]­plc.com Philip NOR­RIS

APRIMARY school in wants to de­mol­ish build­ings as part of a mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for pupils.

Christ Church Pri­mary School, in Malvern Road, Chel­tenham, said its lay­out of build­ings is in­ef­fi­cient and does not make the most of the land it has avail­able.

By knock­ing down build­ings, it says it can cre­ate bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and free up more out­door space for play and sport.

It has put in a bid to Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil say­ing it wants to ex­tend and al­ter the school to cre­ate a new sports hall and kitchen.

Plans in­clude the de­mo­li­tion of ex­ist­ing class­rooms, a din­ing area and kitchen.

A new net­ball court would be cre­ated and more space would be avail­able for staff park­ing.

Com­ments on the ap­pli­ca­tion can be left on the bor­ough coun­cil’s web­site.

The ap­pli­ca­tion says: “The new hall will be used for sports and assem­bly pur­poses as well as din­ing and will have a di­rect con­nec­tion to the main school build­ings but, can be sep­a­rated for use out­side school hours.

“The hall can then be used as a flex­i­ble space for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing Art and DT and af­ter school club.

“The ex­ist­ing din­ing and kitchen build­ing will be de­mol­ished, and more play space cre­ated.

In its ap­pli­ca­tion, the school

ex­plained why it wanted to make the changes.

“The cur­rent school hall is too small and below the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion min­i­mum re­quire­ment for the num­ber of chil­dren in the school.

“Also, the ex­its are un­der­sized which lim­its the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing the hall.

“The din­ing room, kitchen and art/ DT block are in a de­tached build­ing some dis­tance from the main build­ing.

“This means that the chil­dren have to go out­side ev­ery day on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions in all weather con­di­tions to get to the din­ing room.

“The din­ing room, kitchen and art/ DT block (orig­i­nally a tem­po­rary build­ing) is a very large sprawl­ing in­ef­fi­cient build­ing of wooden con­struc­tion, with as­bestos, poor in­su­la­tion and large sin­gle glazed win­dows.

“This re­sults in rooms that are too cold in the win­ter and un­bear­ably hot in the sum­mer for our pupils.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion says: “The re­moval of the old build­ings and re­place­ment with a smaller more ef­fi­cient build­ing will pro­vide mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits for the pupils by an im­proved hall, ef­fi­cient build­ing for din­ing room and in­creas­ing the out­side play space for our chil­dren which is at a pre­mium for the town cen­tre, land-locked school.”

A num­ber of schools are seek­ing to ex­pand in and around the area, in­clud­ing Bal­car­ras School in Charl­ton Kings.

While in Leck­hamp­ton, there are plans for a new sec­ondary school to be build on land next to Farm Lane and Kid­nap­pers Lane.

Crick­ley Hill was full of ac­tiv­ity as a Go Wild! event was held last week­end. Held in part­ner­ship with the Glouces­ter­shire Wildlife Trust and the Na­tional Trust, ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded archery, welly wang­ing and face paint­ing. Pic­tured clock­wise from top: John Put­ley from Gloucester Her­itage Hub shows Lubomir Bel­ica and Jana Bukova some Nor­man Ar­mour; Es­mae Clarke, nine, tries archery; and Eve­lyn Ri­ach, six looks at moths. Pic­tures: Nick Par­ford Pho­tog­ra­phy

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