Winnersh Primary School to have new modular building
June 07, 2012
A temporary classroom will be added to a Winnersh school this summer to allow for an extra form joining in September.
Plans for a double modular building at Winnersh Primary School were unanimously carried by Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee, but debate over traffic congestion at the school rages on.
Speaking at last Wednesday’s meeting at the council’s civic offices in Shute End, Cllr John Grimson, of Winnersh Parish Council, said: “This is clearly a short-term solution to a long-term problem.
“We recognise the borough needs more primary school places. There is a need to accommodate children already coming into the school and the setting of the building is not a problem.
“The increase in pupils will lead to more congestion though so I can see there being more problems at the start and end of the school day.”
Committee member Cllr Bob Pitts said: “I could count on my hand the number of schools that have traffic and congestion sorted out. I’m broadly in support of this application.”
The school, in Greenwood Grove, needs to make provision for one extra class of 30 children who will be at the school for the next seven years, starting in September.
The council had put forward more permanent plans to expand the school, however these were withdrawn in March following angry protests from parents with concerns about road safety.
The temporary building and accompanying plans allow for 15 extra parking spaces to accommodate the extra staff and pupils.
Piers Brunning, the council’s children’s service manager for infrastructure development, said: “We have had to create 145 extra places for primary schools this year. There were three primary schools that we intended to expand and two were successful, unfortunately this was not the case in Winnersh.
“No one denies that traffic is a serious issue in this area, however we are working to see what is needed in a traffic plan and how we can provide it in the long term. The school is encouraging walking, and a number of other measures are being considered including buying a school minibus.”
Cllr Prue Bray, ward member for Winnersh, said: “I’m very pleased the council has reviewed the application for a permanent extension. I have sympathy with the school to have a temporary classroom but it’s important to have an open review. It’s important that everybody works together to make sure the school travel plan becomes an active document. I’m optimistic and I think it will work.”