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Saturday 6 June 2015

Relief in sight for school plagued by traffic problems


A Cheshire school is set to build a new car park to tackle traffic chaos on the school run.

Children going to Stapeley Broad Lane Primary School in Nantwich have to be dropped off on the A529.  Cars are often parked on both sides of the road, creating a bottleneck.

The school, a self-governing academy, raised money to buy the land for a car park and secured planning permission two years ago, but the project has been held up by the need to secure agreement from a number of parties.

But now head teacher Ian Shackleton has written to parents telling them that work will start over the summer.

He said: “The governors will be meeting on Monday and we expect to be able to confirm that all the legalities are in place and that planning conditions have been met.

“We have already appointed a contractor and we expect the work to be carried out over the summer holidays to minimise disruption to the school.”

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet member for children and families, has welcomed the news.  She said: “I am pleased to hear that a solution is now within reach.

“Cheshire East Council has done all it can to help bring this about by granting planning permission and agreeing a long lease on the land for the car park with a reduction on the amount payable by the school.

“We are pleased to hear that the school is now in a position to go ahead with the work.

“Because of our concern for road safety, the Council took action some time ago to reduce speed limits and install other traffic management measures outside the school.”

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