School plan go-ahead

Teacher's desk in classroom
Teacher's desk in classroom

PLANS to build a two-storey extension at a St Helens primary school have been given the go-ahead - despite opposition from local residents.

Six new classrooms are set to be built inside the planned extension at the back of Eccleston Mere Primary School, as well as a new group room.

A Town Hall planning committee gave the proposals the green light last week - subject to conditions - despite 23 residents signing a petition and eight households sending letters of objection.

Most of the objections referred to the issue of a lack of parking spaces for residents, which, protesters say, would only get worse if another 189 children attended the school.

In addition to the extra pupils, an additional 14 staff will be recruited - however the plans also include provision for an extra 18 off-street parking spaces.

Some of the protesters called on the council to make Saleswood Avenue residential parking only to stop parents and teachers from parking outside people’s properties.

Planners granted permission for the development as long as it is built within three years and meets a range of other criteria.