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Park High School sports hall plans will increase congestion say neighbours
Neighbours of a school have raised fears of traffic "chaos" if the public are allowed to use its sport facilities.
Park High School, in Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, has submitted plans to Harrow Borough Council to allow its sports hall to be used by members of the public.
People living near the school have raised concerns about the increase in traffic and congestion as a result of the plans.
Paul Noble, who lives two doors away from the school, said: “A lot of people are worried about the plans.
“It will just be chaos. The roads already get clogged up during school time and this will just continue into the evening.
“I don’t think the school appreciates the effect the proposals will have on residents and we just want our views to be listened to.”
Rob Weston, 72, of Burnell Gardens said: “We have a number of concerns about the plans.
“There is nothing wrong with providing extra facilities for the people of the borough but you have to consider the effect it will have on traffic and parking.
“On a normal school day there is already an issue with parking down our road and I think these plans would be very onerous on quite a few people living here.”
There are more than 35 letters objecting to the plans on Harrow Council's planning website.
Headteacher Emlyn Lumley said: “For a long time we have been asked by members of the community to use our sporting facilities but we have had to say no.
“We feel it will be a huge benefit if the wider community was able to use our facilities. We will only be allowed to have 40 people come in during limited hours and it will be properly managed.”
The public will be allowed to use the sports hall between the hours of 6pm and 10pm, from Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.
The proposals are due to be heard by the council's planning committee tomorrow. Officers have recommended granting consent for a two-year trial period, saying the impact of traffic could be more reasonably determined while the sports facilities are in use.
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