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Star date: 23rd September 2009

PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE
– AN "ESCAPE ROUTE" AND OVER HALF A MILE WALK TO THE CHANGING ROOMS…

More brilliant planning from Salford Council's Schools Dept…

Already in danger of overcrowding (see previous feature), the proposed Wheatersfield Primary School in Lower Broughton, to be built in the River Irwell flood plain, comes complete with an "escape route", or "emergency access" for the kids so they won't be at "undue risk".

And, don't mention the half mile walk to the school's playing field changing rooms...

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River Irwell Charlestown Primary Sign Charlestown Primary Parents
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 On 8th October 2008 the Schools Adjudicator issued a report on the proposed new Wheatersfield Primary School in Lower Broughton which was set to replace Charlestown Primary and North Grecian Street Primary

"The issue of a potential flood risk was raised at the public meetings I held in connection with this proposal. It is clear that these risks were underestimated by the Council…"

For the Council it was back to the drawing board which delayed everything for almost a year, and then they came up with an ingenious plan – the "escape route".

Running a metre above ground level, the "dry escape route" or "emergency access", will run from the school to the sanctuary of the Church of Ascension, around 100 yards away, accessed via a series of ramps and steps.

The planning application for the school, which was passed by the Council last week, notes "Flooding was identified as a serious and fundamental issue to address for the development proposals"

The answer? Stick the school on stilts and add on an escape route…

Meanwhile, because of the flood risk, no changing rooms are being built on the site of the school's playing fields. Instead, users of the pitches will be expected to get changed at Fit City on Camp Street, 0.6 miles away. The Council estimates it would take teams up to six minutes to get there which is "acceptable" – especially if you've done your ankle in while playing footie, of course. Teams that use Fit City will have to pay £300 a season to use the facilities during existing opening hours and "additional staff costs" outside opening hours.  

Flood risks? Escape routes? Pitches with no changing rooms?  Wouldn't it have been easier to keep open and do up the two primary schools that nobody in the community wanted shutting in the first place?

john wrote
at 12:15:08 on 25 September 2009
now you see it would be common sence to have the changing rooms near to the football pitch and it would be common sence not to build a primary school on a flood plain but you see salford council do not do common sence they never have done common sence and they never will do common sence why because they are totaly removed from every day life a clueless bunch of hypocrits if ever i saw one matched only by the local education department please lets have some new blood in this city we dont deserve these clowns
 
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