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Petition calls for traffic and parking improvements as Stamford Green Primary School expands in Epsom
More than 100 people have signed a petition calling for traffic and parking improvements to accompany a planned school expansion.
The petition calls for a zebra crossing, an additional staff car park and a cycle route as part of the expansion of Stamford Green Primary School in Christ Church Mount, Epsom.
It also asks for an area to drop-off and pick-up students and a school travel plan to encourage the use of the school’s west gate.
Councillor speaks with parents at the school
County Councillor Stella Lallement, who represents Epsom West, said the expansion would worsen the traffic and parking problems at the school near the town centre.
In a letter to parents, Coun Lallement said: "Surrey County Council (SCC) has already decided to expand Stamford Green Primary School from 2 form entry, capacity 420 pupils, to 3 form entry, capacity 630 pupils.
"SCC school planners are now applying for planning permission for the work. Unfortunately proper consideration has not been given to the impact on traffic safety and parking in the area.
"So as your County Councillor, I have started a petition on the SCC website, requesting some traffic safety and parking improvements to the expansion plan."
A SCC spokeswoman said: "As the planning application has not yet gone to the planning and regulatory committee, which I understand is scheduled for July, it would be inappropriate for us to prejudice any decision by commenting."
Joanna Lee, school business and events manager at the school, said: "As the matter is scheduled to be discussed at the Surrey County Council planning committee in July it would not be appropriate to comment."
SCC has decided there is an educational need for the school to expand to take 90 children a year from next year.
See the petition at http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SGPS-expansion
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