Paulton school consultations to start
Formal consultations on controversial plans to increase the number of places available at Paulton Infant and Junior Schools are set to start next week.
Bath and North East Somerset councillors have agreed to press ahead with the next stage of plans to expand both schools from September despite protests from angry parents who fear that the proposals will bring traffic and parking chaos to the narrow residential roads leading to the campus on
Plumptre Road, which not only serves both schools but also the popular community swimming pool and children's centre.
The council has already withdrawn a planning application for a new three classroom block at the infant school because of highway concerns.
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Under the expansion proposals the infant school will grow from offering 179 places to up to 270 and the next door junior school will expand to offer 360 places from this September
The local authority says that the both schools need to expand to cope with a rising birth rate and new housing developments in the village and is
planning to pubish statutory notices on February 28 giving villagers and parents at the school until March 27 to make their views known. A report is then expected to B&NES cabinet meeting on April 10.
Parents have already set up a campaign group on Facebook which has attracted more than 360 followers and are organising a petition against the proposals.
Parent Rachel Rayner said: "I live near the school and I know what it is like to walk my son to school every day. It is only a matter of time before there is an accident."