In the face of local opposition, the governing body of Townfield Primary School has decided to push ahead with plans to become a three-form entry school, which over time would see a 50% increase in pupil numbers.
The school conducted a wide-ranging consultation with parents, local residents and heads of Birkenhead schools last month. Responses were divided, but the majority opposed the plans. However, the school (which is an academy, outside the control of the local authority) has decided to proceed with the scheme.
Cllr Stuart Kelly said, “The volume of parking at the start and end of the school day is already a serious issue and that will inevitably get worse. The headteacher has promised to do what he can to find solutions, and there are plans to open an entrance off Stubbs Lane and increase parking for staff.
“But residents in the neighbouring roads fear even greater traffic chaos when school numbers increase.”
Cllr Allan Brame said, “While it is good to see that a local school is so popular, there has to be a concern that the views of local residents have not been listened to. When the school submits a planning application, we will be looking very closely at traffic management plans.”
Click here to read the letter the school published earlier this afternoon: