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Councillors concerned over East Leake temporary school which could ’cause chaos’

There are concerns that plans for a temporary school to be built in East Leake could cause ‘chaos’ at drop off and pick up times.

The school would be ready for 120 children in East Leake from September next year ahead of the permanent school opening in 2023.

But councillors shared concerns over the fact that the school would be open to children across East Leake as well as children from the new housing developments by Persimmon and David Wilson Homes – meaning that some parents would be driving to the site.

Speaking at a Rushcliffe Borough Council planning meeting on 11 November, Councillor Lesley Way (Ind) said: “People driving to the school will need to drop off and pick up at the end of Sheepwash Way. This has the potential to cause chaos and lead to gridlock.

“A one way system with a turning circle is needed. The current plan will make it impossible for parents to stop for those all-important chats with teachers at the start and end of the school day.

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“The speed of traffic particularly from Woodgate Road continues to cause concern for residents.

“Measures need to be taken now to avoid having to look back on any tragedy and make changes when it is too late.”

Councillor Carys Thomas (Ind) added: “It is a matter of huge concern to residents on Sheepwash Way.

“It’s going to be bedlam with all the cars milling around, children trying to get out.

“The school needs to happen but it needs that extra push to highways and the school to sort out these issues.”

The school will include an access road and a permanent access path, both of which would be lit.

The temporary site, which would be built on land off Rempstone Road, will also feature areas of soft play, canopies and car parking.

Documents published ahead of the meeting said: “Nottinghamshire County Council state there is an educational requirement for a new primary school at East Leake.

“This is to be satisfied by the permanent provision of a new school. Outline [permission] was approved earlier this year.

“Completion is anticipated for opening September 2023. In the interim period, the school place demand is proposed to be met with a temporary school learning village to provide education for up to 120 pupils, anticipated to be open in September 2022.”

Councillors recommended to Nottinghamshire County Council that the plans go ahead with their comments put to the developer.

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