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School row ends

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

A LONG-running row over a new entrance to a village school has ended after council chiefs apologised and slapped themselves on the wrists for building it without permission.

A LONG-running row over a new entrance to a village school has ended after council chiefs apologised and slapped themselves on the wrists for building it without permission.

County council officials said that if anyone else had pressed on and constructed something assuming that planning consent would be granted, they would have incurred the authority's wrath – and rightly so.

In a letter to Trimley St Mary Parish Council, officers said they could not condone the action taken at one of the council's own properties but understood the reasons for it.

The row broke out after the new pedestrian entrance was built at Trimley St Mary primary school during the summer holidays.

The school put the set of steps in place before permission was granted and before any protests could be made.

Parish councillors were angry that their views were not taken into account, especially as they felt the steps could prove dangerous and put children at risk.

They were worried that far less parents and children would use the crossing patrol outside the 400-pupil school because they didn't want to walk up to the lollipop lady, cross and then walk back down High Road again to the new entrance steps.

The school, which has another pedestrian access just the other side of its driveway, felt the new one would provide easier access for children from the east side of Trimley.

It said it is working "extremely well" and parents and children were no longer using the car park entrance.

The car park was a dangerous area for small children and an accident-in-waiting and there had been two near misses in the past.

In its letter, the county council said the work to put the steps in had been done during the summer while the children were on holiday to keep disruption to a minimum and to ensure new young pupils starting school had a safe access at the beginning of the new term.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcc.gov.uk

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