Bradley Stoke Town Council has given “in principle” agreement to a proposed package of measures that would allow pupils to access Stoke Lodge Primary School through a new gate from the Jubilee Centre site.
Representatives of the school and South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) attending a council meeting on 12th March said the new gate, combined with a new footpath linking it with Savages Wood Road, would provide a safer off-road route for the many pupils of the school who live in Bradley Stoke.
The proposals also include extending the overflow car park at the Jubilee Centre to provide 16 additional places and possibly introducing traffic calming measures at the entrance to the site.
Stoke Lodge Primary School currently has a two form entry, meaning that the total number of children attending is 420, of which about 180 (42 per cent) are said to live in Bradley Stoke. However, SGC has announced plans for the school to expand to three form entry (630 pupils in total) by September 2016 and it is expected that many of the additional pupils will also come from Bradley Stoke.
Currently, a significant number of children from Bradley Stoke access the school by walking along Savages Wood Road and then taking the footpath that connects it with School Close. The town council estimates that 30 – 50 parents park in the Jubilee Centre each day and walk their children along this route.
However, many others are taken to the school by car, which adds to congestion in School Close, where police have raised concerns about road safety.
The proposals were broadly welcomed by councillors. Cllr Robert Jones said it was right to encourage walking to school but welcomed the fact that the representatives weren’t trying to hide the fact that some people would still want to arrive by car. Mayor Brian Hopkinson, who is also a councillor for the Stoke Lodge ward on Patchway Town Council, said it would only be people from Bradley Stoke who would park at the Jubilee Centre and the proposals would “make our youngsters safe”.
Cllr Ben Walker, however, raised concerns about the extra vehicle movements that would occur in Savages Wood Road, with parents arriving, dropping off and leaving.
Following discussion, councillors agreed to support “in principle” the idea of the new gate, the new access path and the additional car parking provision on the Jubilee Centre site (but not the suggested traffic calming, at the insistence of Cllr John Ashe).
Councillors requested that a formalised plan be brought to their Planning Committee meeting on 23rd April for a final decision.
Image (click to enlarge): Plan showing proposed new path (yellow) along edge of football pitch linking Savages Wood Road (bottom right) with new access gate into Stoke Lodge School (top left). Also shows proposed extension to overflow car park (top left).
This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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