COMMUNITY leaders are calling upon a school to rethink designs for fencing around its premises – to “enable a safer environment access.” Members of Cheadle Town Council recently debated the planning application which has recently been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council by Cheadle Academy for “proposed safeguarding project, installation of new boundary and site fencing, gates with new two metre and 2.4 metre high paladin mesh vertical bar fencing and gates.” The debate saw councillors air concerns about future prospects of creating a pathway by the school for a “safer environment to access the schools in the future.”
Councillor Gary Bentley said: “I have spoken to an officer at SMDC about this before.
“We are trying to get a safer route to school, including cleaner air and one of the things we need to think about (with this application) is where this fence is going as a pathway could be made along that way.
“I would like these plans to be able to allow for a footpath in the future.
“We are not objecting to the fencing but just thinking of the future of the town.”
Councillor Ray Wood added: “We need to talk to Cheadle Academy and say it’s about safer routes for school children.”
The clerk for Cheadle Town Council has since written to SMDC planning department with the town council’s views on the application.
She said: “It was recommended that whilst the council (Cheadle Town Council) has no objection to this application and fully supports a safer environment, the council requests that consideration should be given to an amendment of the plans in respect of the fencing that is level with the Sidings, to allow room for a footpath enabling a safer environment to access the schools in the future.”
When contacted by the Times & Echo about Cheadle Town Council’s response to the application, a spokesman for Cheadle Academy said: “The Cheadle Academy strives to continually strengthen and review its safeguarding practices.
“We are committed to working alongside our local council and community to ensure the safety of our students both when on site and during the journey to and from school.
“We would welcome the opportunity to review any such proposals and discuss with council representatives.”
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