Demand to provide primary school spaces in Enfield leaves neighbours fuming (From Enfield Independent)
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The need to provide school spaces in Enfield has left many unanswered questions according to neighbours
Despite the need to satisfy the growing pressure of school spaces, neighbours of one primary school are furious about the impact of its expansion.
Building work has commenced to expand George Spicer Primary School in Southbury Road, Enfield, and will open in September 2014 for 360 pupils with a new car park being built at a park entrance in nearby Ladysmith Road. However, those who live closest the expansion feel that many problems have been left unanswered.
Approved in March 2013 at a raucous Enfield Borough Council planning meeting, issues were raised about the volume of traffic coming down Ladysmith Road, the loss of open space and noise levels.
Ann Lea of Ladysmith Road and member of the Save Our Environment (SOE) said: “We have lived here for 45 years very peacefully but now the traffic and the noise are going to be too much, you can’t help children screaming but to squeeze the school into such a small space is ridiculous.
“We have to accept that they are going ahead but it has been so ill-thought out and traffic issue has not been dealt with. There is still so much to be done.”
Paul Maile, 48, of Ladysmith Road, has revealed the impact it is already having on his home.
He said: “It is like an earthquake every time the diggers move; we have cracks in our garage now from work being done. The traffic will be a nightmare, even now; going down Ladysmith Road after school is finished is a nightmare. I have no idea how they are going to get even more cars down our road.”
Town ward councillor Michael Rye said: “The new building is so close the rear garden that noise will be an issue. Traffic is already a huge problem on Southbury Road and now more cars are going to be coming down Ladysmith Road which is going to cause even bigger problems. They rushed the plan through without thinking about some major hurdles.”
Ruth Hastings-Iqball, the secretary of Friends of Enfield playing fields, believes there needs to be work with the council to resolve environmental issues.
She said: “We want to work with the council to protect green spaces in the borough. I am concerned about the number of trees that will be felled for this building and the impact on wildlife. Green space in Enfield is sacrosanct and once you build on it, it can never be claimed back.”
Responding to residents' concerns, Councillor Ayfer Orhan, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “George Spicer is a good primary school and is oversubscribed by parents who value the quality of the teaching there.
“Throughout and after the works have finished we will do everything we can to minimise disruption to people living nearby and we have already established a dedicated PEP Response Team to engage with residents and respond to any enquiries or issues that arise.”
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