2:00pm Thursday 13th June 2013
I went to a public exhibition on May 23 and a meeting arranged by ward councillors on June 4 about the proposal to build a three-storey bilingual school in The Droveway, near the Engineerium and Hove Park, (The Argus, June 10).
There was outrage from residents at the June meeting when a Q&A session descended into a shouting match when it was revealed that 630 primary school pupils and 50 or more teachers and staff, would be accessing the proposed building, served by only 12 parking spaces.
The planner’s traffic expert said only 25% of children would arrive by car, with the rest walking or cycling.
This might be true of a local catchment school in a high-density housing area but not of a specialist school drawing pupils from across the city.
The proposed “drop-off point” of Goldstone Crescent is the catalyst for the mayhem to ensue.
Parents will park to see their young children safely to school.
Some 300 or 400 cars will be vying for space, muscling around the mini-roundabout and clogging the surrounding roads, which are already gridlocked at busy times.
The tailbacks from the Old Shoreham Road and Sackville Road traffic lights already stretch well past the Engineerium at busy times.
Goldstone Crescent, Nevill Road and Woodland Drive bear the brunt of heavy traffic exiting the bypass.
As for the proposed building that resembles a “brick with windows” – don’t get me started!
If the school needs to be built, let’s have it where access is at least half reasonable.
Arthur Green, Goldstone Valley Residents’ Association
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