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'Look again' at roads for Burton secondary school site

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

By Helen Kreft

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A COUNCILLOR whose ward could be the site of a new secondary school along with the development of 3,500 new homes is calling on highway chiefs to look again at the road network.

Richard Grosvenor, pictured, welcomed news of a proposed secondary school, as Branston will take 'the bulk' of the housing but warned that the road infrastructure needs to be considered again.

Staffordshire County Council has shortlisted six sites on the outskirts of Burton which may have potential for a nine-hectare school housing 1,500 pupils and including a sixth form.

It is a result of calls for secondary provision to cope with the amount of children coming from recently approved housing developments, such as land south of Branston which has promised to plough £700,000 into secondary education.

Councillor Grosvenor, who represents Branston on East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: "We will have around 3,500 homes and obviously a school is needed. Branston is taking the bulk of housing. We all know that building houses means building families and the children have got to get to school, so it is well needed in Branston."

However, he added: "Infrastructure is a problem. Parking, transport and traffic around Branston is an absolute nightmare.

"I had a public spat with a planning officer as I didn't agree with what he was saying. I had evidence that peak flows had increased in the last few years and the county council wasn't recognising that.

"I want to call on the county council to look again at the plans for transportation. With more housing there will be more cars, and you can add as much green transportation as you want but people will still use their cars."

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