Colleton School parents sick of wading through mud on way to schoolBy Jon Nurse
March 11, 2013
Fed-up parents are tired of wading through mud on the school run as their journey is blighted by expansion works.
Pupils walking to The Colleton Primary School from Broad Hinton estate have been negotiating a muddy path for months after another rear entrance to the site was closed because of building work.
Steve Blunden, 40, of Poundfield Way, who takes six-year-old son Nathanael to school along the route, said: “The area started churning up with the rain in November and has only got worse.
“To avoid the mud you have to go all the way round to the front of the school which takes about 15 minutes.”
He added that residents and school governors have been writing to the borough council to improve the path since December.
“I’m very concerned that nothing’s being done about it. Once it starts to rain again it’s going to be dreadful.
“I understand the area used to be a marsh and it seems to have returned.”
The borough council is investing £2.5 million in the Twyford school to build a new sports hall and create extra classrooms to increase school places from 35 to 60 a year.
Brian Grady, Wokingham Borough Council’s strategic commissioner for children, young people and families, said: “Making sure parents have the access they need to walk their children to school is our priority, so we will carry out works to the area to help ensure the pathway is accessible at all times.
“The current problem has been caused by bad weather conditions. We hope to carry out the works as soon as possible.”