Extension to Eastbourne infant school approved

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An extension to an Eastbourne infant school was approved this week.

Parkland Infant School’s bid for a single storey extension and an extra 19 parking spaces was granted by East Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee.

The classroom is needed due to new requirements to provide an extra 21 places for two-year-olds at the nursery, an age group that is not currently accommodated for.

Once the work is complete an internal reorganisation of the school would see the Year 2 class occupy the proposed new classroom.

A contribution will be secured towards double yellow lines at the junction of Brassey Avenue and Firwood Close as part of the application.

Speaking for the applicant Fiona Wright, assistant education director, said there was a shortfall of places in the Hampden Park area and this would contribute towards providing these.

Mike Blanch (LDem, Eastbourne - Hampden Park) explained that residents living in Brassey Avenue and Firwood Close have had to endure a ‘nightmare’ over traffic and parking issues.

Because of this he welcomed the extra 19 parking spaces, a school transport plan, and the proposed double yellow lines.

Godfrey Daniel (Lab, Hastings - Braybrooke and Castle), chair of the Planning Committee, added: “I think this will enhance the school and enhance the facilities for the children.”

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