Sheffield school expansion plans to be approved

Hallam Primary School is set to be expanded.
Hallam Primary School is set to be expanded.

Councillors set to give the go ahead tomorrow to controversial plans to expand two Sheffield primary schools.

Thirty new places a year are to be created at Hallam Primary School, Lodge Moor, from September 2015, to cope with a rising birth rate.

The second proposal is to merge Tinsley infant and junior schools to create a larger new primary school on an alternative site.

However, parents of existing pupils at Hallam have opposed the move – saying extra pupils will worsen traffic and parking problems at the start and end of the school day.

There are also concerns about the general impact of new construction on the area and intentions to build new classrooms on the playing field.

Sheffield Council cabinet members are expected to approve the proposals, but only on condition they receive planning permission before the end of October.

Consultations with residents in Tinsley found little opposition to the merger in principal – but substantial concern a new school would result in the loss of valuable green space.

Councillors are being asked to opt for a new merged school away from the M1, but will consider a new report on site options in July.

Residents voiced opposition to the Hallam Primary plans at a public meeting held at the school.

There were complaints about parents’ current parking habits on roads around the school and fears an expanded primary could create gridlock.

Resident Jim Collins said: “The main concern is you can’t get in your own house.

“Quite a few people in school use the road as a daily car park. The double yellow lines aren’t policed properly and people are starting to park on them.

“The school is not taking into consideration the feelings of local people.”

David Taylor said the fact the area next to the school was a looping cul-de-sac meant the number of parents dropping off children ‘gridlocked the locality’.

He said: “People exhibit some bad manners, I’ve seen people parking on lawns. That’s why residents are a bit irate about the prospect of more vehicles arriving here.”

Coun Cliff Woodcraft, Sheffield Council Liberal Democrat member for Fulwood, said staff at the school were often forced to park on the road due to access issues at the school’s facilities.