10:31 Monday 09 December 2013

'Little thought' for school's kids in major housing plans

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

03/12/13 Pic of bad school traffic at Shobnall - Shobnall Road, BurtonShobnall Traffic Action Group are concerned regarding the proposals of the entrance to a new housing estate being put next to the school when their is already parking issues along Shob 03/12/13 Pic of bad school traffic at Shobnall - Shobnall Road, BurtonShobnall Traffic Action Group are concerned regarding the proposals of the entrance to a new housing estate being put next to the school when their is already parking issues along Shob

THE developers behind plans for a huge ‘new community’ in Burton have been accused of giving no thought to the safety of children at a nearby school.

The head teacher of Shobnall Primary School claimed little consideration had been given to the welfare of youngsters at the school, which is almost directly opposite one of the access points for the 2,500-home Branston Locks development.

Bernadette Roobottom said she was worried for little ones walking to school with their parents, who will be faced with thousands more vehicles on the already-congested Shobnall Road.

She also raised concerns over parking and changes to the layout of the road, which she said would be dangerous.

Mrs Roobottom told the Mail: “There is going to be a new T-junction which is almost directly opposite the school and, in the future, a roundabout. I worry for the children who are at the school, when drivers will be concentrating on that rather than looking for pedestrians.”

Her worries were compounded by the recent approval of the 250-home development at Red House Farm, which will be accessed from Reservoir Road.

There is also concern about the fact a lollipop man has been removed from the site, as it was considered unnecessary to have a crossing patrol along the busy route.

“It seems irresponsible. I don’t think the people who approved this can be fully aware of the implications for us as a school,” Mrs Roobottom said.

“It appears as if some things have not been considered.”

A meeting was held at the school on Friday afternoon to inform parents of the traffic issues which are facing the school.

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