Residents call for meeting to discuss school expansion plan

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Residents of Kingsthorpe have called for a public meeting to discuss the problems they fear will be caused by increased traffic if the village primary school is allowed to double in size.

Dozens of Kingsthorpe people attended a consultation event at the school, in Knights Lane, on Tuesday night when the plans were displayed by Northamptonshire County Council.

But many people who attended the event felt frustrated that nobody from the county council’s highways department was available to discuss the potential increases in traffic which they thought could put pressure on the narrow village roads.

Leona Johnson, a Kingsthorpe resident who has written a letter of objection about the plans to expand the school, said: “There will never be space for an additional 98 cars on the road network surrounding Kingsthorpe Village Primary School.”

The governing body of the primary school is in favour of the proposed expansion as it believes it would offer many exciting opportunities for staff and children.

A statement from the school’s governing body said: “We are very aware that the issue of traffic is one which is close to the hearts of Kingsthorpe village residents and fully understand their concerns.

“We have already been pro-active with regard to this by linking with Sustrans (Sustainable Transport) as part of an initiative to encourage children to come on their bicycles or scooters to school. This is already having a positive impact on numbers of families who are choosing to leave their car at home.”