Gordon Farquhar, the new head of Newport Free Grammar School and has written to Uttlesford District Council to voice his concerns over the development of a new housing estate and care home on land adjacent to the school. The fear is that traffic will come down Bury Water Lane that bisects the school. The story was covered in the Saffron Walden Reporter on their website.
“Ofsted has already highlighted the risks we need to manage with our students having to cross Bury Water Lane several times a day between different parts of our site. If we are to have more traffic generated from new development the council must insist that extra safety measures are put in place first.”
“It is not for the school to take a view for or against further housing in Newport – but we must ensure the safety of our 1,000 students.”
The chair of the governors Paul Gray was also quoted saying:
“We were astonished earlier this year when the council inexplicably rescinded its original guidance that extra measures would be essential if land near the school was developed.
“If they now decide to approve these applications we call on them to see sense and require those who will profit from the development to implement the measures to protect Uttlesford’s young people that the council specified in the first place.”
Clearly the UDC Cabinet is so intent on pushing through its housing plans that it is happy to oversee the removal of necessary safety measures for our children. It’s not only happening in Newport, but in Saffron Walden too where they are trying to reduce pavement widths to implement traffic lights to support their new homes, and promoting the Willis & Gambier land for development on the east of town which is partly inside the blast zone of the fuel dump.