Talks over expansion of Paulton and Peasedown schools
Public consultation is taking place this week over plans to expand Paulton Junior and Infant Schools so that both can cope with the increasing number of children in the village.
A drop in session takes place at Paulton Infant School tomorrow between 2.30pm and 5pm when residents will be able to find out more information about the Bath and North East Somerset Council plans.
A similar session has already been held at the nearby junior school.
The council wants to expand the infant school roll from 179 to a total of 270 pupils over the next few years and at the junior school, from 240 to 360 places.
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A planning application has also been submitted by B&NES for a new three classroom block at the infant school.
Developer Bovis Homes has already made a financial contribution to expand the schools.
The consultation exercises run until February 3 and comments will go a cabinet meeting on February 13.
Councillor John Bull, a governor at the junior school said: “The planned increase is because of the increased numbers of children being born in Paulton as well as the new development on the former Purnell Polestar site.”
But resident Eliza Gray, who is urging villagers to go along to the sessions and make their views known, fears that the expansion is unnecessary.
Mrs Gray said that she is concerned that increasing the size of school could lead to more housing development.
Consultations are also taking place on proposals that will see Peasedown St John Primary School expand permanently from a 420-place school to allow 525 pupils on the roll.
Because of increasing local demand for places at the school and increasing numbers of families in the village the school has already increased its number of classes, with an extra one at reception and in years one and two.
Full details are at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/schools-colleges-and-learning/school-strategies-policies-planning/consultations-proposals-e.