Teacher allays residents' concerns following submitted plans to demolish Bowdon primary school and replace it with two-storey, three form entry facility

Bowdon C of E Primary School

Bowdon C of E Primary School

First published in News Messenger Newspapers: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A SCHEME has been unveiled to demolish a Bowdon primary school and replace it with a two-storey facility accommodating more than 600 pupils.


The school contend the expansion is necessary as the school is so over-subscribed it cannot offer places to children who live ‘across the road’, but neighbouring sports clubs have claimed 600 children could be denied access to sports facilities as a result.


Bowdon Church of England Primary School, on Grange Road, is currently a two form entry school with 420 pupils on its roll, but if Trafford Council’s proposal is accepted, the school would become three form entry, increasing its student roll by 210 places.


Bowdon Cricket Hockey and Squash Club and Hale United Junior Football Club currently use a cricket ground and two football pitches on a field next to the school, but have expressed fears that they will no longer be able to if plans go ahead.


David Bellin, chairman of the Bowdon Club, said: “There is ample space to build a new school and preserve the existing cricket ground and football pitches but further consultation is essential.


“Although we have had one meeting with the school and Trafford, no compromise was forthcoming.”


However headteacher, Sharon Martin, said the field has to be fenced off as it is currently open which creates safeguarding issues in terms of supervising children and the school also suffers from dog walkers who do not clear up their animals’ mess.


“But we are very involved with our fantastic community and one third of the field will remain available for sports and community use,” she said.


Mrs Martin also sought to allay traffic concerns raised by a number of residents, stating that four walking busses will be in operation, a new drop off area will be situated within the school and pointed out that the new school places will be for children in the immediate area, who will not be driven to school.


Council leader and ward councillor, Sean Anstee, said: “I am aware of the proposals to rebuild Bowdon Church of England School to provide much needed additional places to meet increasing demand, which is partly due to the increase in the catchment area as referenced in the planning application.


“In addition, I understand some of the potential issues regarding car parking and the recreational space to the rear of the school.


“It is important to me that a new school becomes a future asset that complements the other facilities in the area including the Bowdon Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club.”

In plans submitted to the council’s planning committee, the 50-year-old school is said to have ‘exceeded its design life’, with staff and pupils existing in a ‘poor environment with leaking flat roofs, condensation and poor thermal insulation’.


The report also highlights that neighbouring school, Bollin Primary, has recently expanded to two forms of entry with no scope to expand further and Stamford Park Infant and Junior Schools have an intake of 70 and are not suitable sites for expansion.
 

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8:17am Thu 15 May 14

S J Williams says...

The traffic implications of this will be awful. Grange Road is a narrow road which already gets very congested at peak times and an extra 210 cars will make life impossible. There might be an improved drop-off but the cars still have to come down Grange Road. Walking buses could help but have always failed at the first sign of rain and bad weather.

Now the plans are submitted the school are asking parents to park on Vicarage Lane at the Co-op and walk from there. So Vicarage Lane is now really congested!

There's going to be a new 420 place primary school in Bowdon run by Altrincham Grammar School for Girls so why is this expansion needed??
The traffic implications of this will be awful. Grange Road is a narrow road which already gets very congested at peak times and an extra 210 cars will make life impossible. There might be an improved drop-off but the cars still have to come down Grange Road. Walking buses could help but have always failed at the first sign of rain and bad weather. Now the plans are submitted the school are asking parents to park on Vicarage Lane at the Co-op and walk from there. So Vicarage Lane is now really congested! There's going to be a new 420 place primary school in Bowdon run by Altrincham Grammar School for Girls so why is this expansion needed?? S J Williams
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4:35am Sat 17 May 14

Anonymous abc says...

This article completely blurs the true picture... The road network in and around grange road bowdon currently and the local infrastructure is wholly and completely inadequate.
Without such a critical pre-requisite from a planning perspective this is a complete no brainer... The school appear alien to the seasoned experience/knowledge of local residents of grange road in the real world context of environmental and aesthetics of living nearby a local primary school in Bowdon.
This article completely blurs the true picture... The road network in and around grange road bowdon currently and the local infrastructure is wholly and completely inadequate. Without such a critical pre-requisite from a planning perspective this is a complete no brainer... The school appear alien to the seasoned experience/knowledge of local residents of grange road in the real world context of environmental and aesthetics of living nearby a local primary school in Bowdon. Anonymous abc
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