Parking problems resolved at planned new £15 million academy

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Ven David Lee The Ven David Lee

A row between two Bradford Council departments which had threatened to scupper plans for a £15 million academy has been settled.

The Council’s education department has submitted an application for a new 1,050-pupil secondary school on playing fields at Fenby Avenue, East Bowling.

But colleagues in its highways department at first said the plans were unsuitable and refused to back the plan.

Its first report pointed out that one part of the application said there would be 88 parking spaces on site, another part says that figure would be 70 and yet another said 93.

It said one way of avoiding traffic jams at school pick-up time would be to stagger the start and end of the school day so it did not clash with neighbouring Lower Fields Primary School.

But the report said: “I have not come across any documentation that would suggest that this is to be the case.”

Now the traffic plan for the school has been tweaked and the highways department says it is much happier.

There are to be 93 parking spaces and the two schools’ start and finish times will be staggered, engineers have confirmed.

The plan is now recommended for approval when it goes before councillors next week, despite objections from two locals.

Although the plan has been submitted by Bradford Council, it has chosen the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust to run the academy.

Trust chairman, the Ven Dr David Lee, said: “We understand there are one or two residents who are a bit wary but the consultation hasn’t drawn a lot of objections.

“We are very encouraged. We think the Council have been brilliant as a local authority. They have worked really hard to listen to the people in the area and to us.

“We came in when some of the drawings had been semi-finalised. For some of the things we spotted, the Council have very patiently helped us incorporate changes and improvements before the final thing is submitted. It’s a great example of working together.”

It is hoped the academy for children aged 11 to 16 will open by September 2015. The new school is planned for the playing fields of the Lower Fields Primary School, and the primary school would be given new playing fields to the north.

The plan will be considered at a meeting of the Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Thursday at City Hall.

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10:25am Sat 8 Mar 14

Storck says...

All well and good staggering start and finish times except for those parents with children at both schools who will have to wait around for both times.
All well and good staggering start and finish times except for those parents with children at both schools who will have to wait around for both times. Storck
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12:30pm Sat 8 Mar 14

jollyidler says...

Why didn't they just go to the person in charge of granting permission for the Bazaar on Idle road, there would have been no issues then. Simplez :)
Why didn't they just go to the person in charge of granting permission for the Bazaar on Idle road, there would have been no issues then. Simplez :) jollyidler
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12:40pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Ratters Rat says...

The site is one of Bradford first rubbish tips. The site has not been developed for over 50 plus years ,the main reason is due to Methane gas which if mixed with other chemicals is highly explosive. Over the last few months the site has been checked this is the only area with the llowest levels to build on. But who knows what they will encounter when the dig the foundations.
It is highly worrying for many residents who have only found this out recently many people who buy houses are not always aware of what is around them or the history of the land.
Building a school there is madness. A school built on a similar site only lasted for 10 years due to the high levels of methane gas and other chemicals even though the site of the school was highly ventilated and monitored.
Bradford council need to tell residents and parents of children the risk factors.
Another site was identified by the council and I'm sure it doesn't have the risk factors this site has.
Only time will tell but let's hope they get this right for everyone involved.
The site is one of Bradford first rubbish tips. The site has not been developed for over 50 plus years ,the main reason is due to Methane gas which if mixed with other chemicals is highly explosive. Over the last few months the site has been checked this is the only area with the llowest levels to build on. But who knows what they will encounter when the dig the foundations. It is highly worrying for many residents who have only found this out recently many people who buy houses are not always aware of what is around them or the history of the land. Building a school there is madness. A school built on a similar site only lasted for 10 years due to the high levels of methane gas and other chemicals even though the site of the school was highly ventilated and monitored. Bradford council need to tell residents and parents of children the risk factors. Another site was identified by the council and I'm sure it doesn't have the risk factors this site has. Only time will tell but let's hope they get this right for everyone involved. Ratters Rat
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4:49pm Sat 8 Mar 14

mad matt says...

It's Bradford Council for goodness sake - if they didn't make a hash of it, where would we get all the entertainment?
It's Bradford Council for goodness sake - if they didn't make a hash of it, where would we get all the entertainment? mad matt
  • Score: 1

8:07pm Sat 8 Mar 14

collos25 says...

Ratters Rat wrote:
The site is one of Bradford first rubbish tips. The site has not been developed for over 50 plus years ,the main reason is due to Methane gas which if mixed with other chemicals is highly explosive. Over the last few months the site has been checked this is the only area with the llowest levels to build on. But who knows what they will encounter when the dig the foundations.
It is highly worrying for many residents who have only found this out recently many people who buy houses are not always aware of what is around them or the history of the land.
Building a school there is madness. A school built on a similar site only lasted for 10 years due to the high levels of methane gas and other chemicals even though the site of the school was highly ventilated and monitored.
Bradford council need to tell residents and parents of children the risk factors.
Another site was identified by the council and I'm sure it doesn't have the risk factors this site has.
Only time will tell but let's hope they get this right for everyone involved.
If that is true and I have no reason to doubt it there is a lot to concern anybody who will work on this site and anybody who will use it when its finished.
[quote][p][bold]Ratters Rat[/bold] wrote: The site is one of Bradford first rubbish tips. The site has not been developed for over 50 plus years ,the main reason is due to Methane gas which if mixed with other chemicals is highly explosive. Over the last few months the site has been checked this is the only area with the llowest levels to build on. But who knows what they will encounter when the dig the foundations. It is highly worrying for many residents who have only found this out recently many people who buy houses are not always aware of what is around them or the history of the land. Building a school there is madness. A school built on a similar site only lasted for 10 years due to the high levels of methane gas and other chemicals even though the site of the school was highly ventilated and monitored. Bradford council need to tell residents and parents of children the risk factors. Another site was identified by the council and I'm sure it doesn't have the risk factors this site has. Only time will tell but let's hope they get this right for everyone involved.[/p][/quote]If that is true and I have no reason to doubt it there is a lot to concern anybody who will work on this site and anybody who will use it when its finished. collos25
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9:09am Sun 9 Mar 14

Ratters Rat says...

This is totally true the site was used for industrial use . The site has coal mines underneath and was also used to make coal tar for roads creosote was a product also made from coal tar. You can't even by this original product now due to the chemical in it. How much of these products have seeped into the ground over the years.

Ask your self the following questions
In the late 60s early 70s there was a shortage of houses why did no one build on this vast piece of land.
We have had more housing shortages since the land has never been touched.
The land could be used for industry never been touched.
The council records don't go back that far to have a detailed account of what is there.
Why are they building in what you might say is a corner of the vast piece of land. It has the lowest contaminated readings.
They will build a concrete pontoon for the foundations and then put the school on top with the hope there is a barrier between contaminated land and the building.
Methane gas is a silent killer it doesn't have a smell it gets its smell when mixed with other gases.
It can kill within hours and is highly explosive.
What I would say to people is read up the facts look at incidents involving methane gas make your own minds up.
This is totally true the site was used for industrial use . The site has coal mines underneath and was also used to make coal tar for roads creosote was a product also made from coal tar. You can't even by this original product now due to the chemical in it. How much of these products have seeped into the ground over the years. Ask your self the following questions In the late 60s early 70s there was a shortage of houses why did no one build on this vast piece of land. We have had more housing shortages since the land has never been touched. The land could be used for industry never been touched. The council records don't go back that far to have a detailed account of what is there. Why are they building in what you might say is a corner of the vast piece of land. It has the lowest contaminated readings. They will build a concrete pontoon for the foundations and then put the school on top with the hope there is a barrier between contaminated land and the building. Methane gas is a silent killer it doesn't have a smell it gets its smell when mixed with other gases. It can kill within hours and is highly explosive. What I would say to people is read up the facts look at incidents involving methane gas make your own minds up. Ratters Rat
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