Concerns mobile classroom will create ‘significant traffic problems’ near Northamptonshire primary school

Hardingstone Primary School
Hardingstone Primary School

A parish council has “strongly objected” to the construction of a mobile classroom on a primary school playing field due to concerns about increased traffic problems.

The county council’s planning committee are due to discuss a proposal to build a temporary double classroom at Hardingtstone Academy at a meeting next Wednesday.

The new mobile classroom would create an additional 30 places at the school each year for the next two years making a total of 60 extra pupils

above the current 210 capacity.

It is expected that the mobile classroom will only be used for two years, before EMLC, which runs the academy, puts forward plans for a permanent extension of the school.

Planning officers have recommended the proposal for approval, however objections have been lodged by Hardingstone Parish Council and local borough and county councillor Phil Larratt.

A report due to be discussed at the planning meeting states the parish council “strongly objects” to the proposed development on the grounds of traffic issues unless parking can be shown to be mitigated.

The report states: “Historically the parish council have battled with complaints over parking and congestion at the school and this is with its existing capacity.

“A documented history shows the Parish Council have worked with the Police, School, County Council Traffic and Health and Safety departments to no avail.

“The parish council arranged a residents public meeting on 22 July 2015 and any further comments received as a consequence will be reported to the committee.”

Councillor Larratt has commented there are “significant traffic and parking issues relating to this school causing congestion and obstruction to local residents”.

He said: “The school itself has not been co-operative in trying to resolve these issues, other than to put a request in the school newsletter asking parents to be considerate when parking.

“New railings were installed outside the school to deter parents from dropping children off on the yellow zigzag lines in the road; however Cllr Larratt has witnessed children being lifted over the barriers onto the pavement.”

The proposal is due to be discussed at a meeting at County Hall on August 4 at 10am