Petition to stop school move to new estate

A PETITION has been mounted against plans to relocate a secondary school to a neighbourhood. Victoria Hughes, of Grampian Place in Great Ashby, is collecting signatures to show opposition to plans to move The Thomas Alleyne School from Stevenage Old Town

A PETITION has been mounted against plans to relocate a secondary school to a neighbourhood.

Victoria Hughes, of Grampian Place in Great Ashby, is collecting signatures to show opposition to plans to move The Thomas Alleyne School from Stevenage Old Town to Great Ashby, as part of the wider Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.

The BSF programme is set to rebuild, remodel and relocate secondary schools, special schools and education support centres across the county, beginning in Stevenage in early 2011.

Plans showing the proposed relocation of the school went on display last Thursday, and Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is in the process of submitting an outline planning proposal.


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Ms Hughes said: "Great Ashby is a large estate which I can understand has a lot of children that go to secondary school, but there is only one single lane road in and out of the estate and this cannot cope with the amount of new traffic this school will bring.

"The land which the school is proposed to be built on is Green Belt land, which also concerns me. I thought Green Belt land was to be protected. Land is fast being built on and we should try to preserve the countryside we have."

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She also said plans to open school facilities, such as the all-weather pitches and badminton courts, to the wider community out of school hours will spell disaster for residents.

"What once was a quiet estate will become a non-stop thoroughfare of traffic," she predicted. "The road will be in constant use, with noise late at night and early in the morning."

Ms Hughes suggested the existing site has enough land around it for expansion of the school.

A spokesman for HCC said: "The current consultation is part of the normal town planning process for the development of the site for the new school building for The Thomas Alleyne School, to serve the local community.

"The county council wants to hear views on the site development proposals. "The decision to relocate the school was taken in 2008 following full public consultation, as a part of the county council's exciting plans to transform secondary education within Stevenage."

Ms Hughes has created an online petition, asking HCC to reconsider or withdraw its plans.

To sign the petition, visit www.gopetition.com and type 'Great Ashby' in the Quick Search box.

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