LETTER: Concerns over Cavendish plan

Cavendish School is looking to have a new primary school attached to it with some loss of the play and sport areas within the school. This was discussed at Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning meeting on June 25. According to my recollection, these are some of the comments that came from that meeting.

Other sites should have been looked at as to the suitability and needs of the local community for primary school places within Eastbourne in more depth. The new plans do show a better understanding of some of the problems in and around the Cavendish School area. However, the main problem which is traffic on Eldon Road, which will be severely affected at school drop off and pick up times by the additional traffic, has just been moved around to Cobbold Avenue, which will now see more traffic with cars entering the site from here.

Strong concerns were raised over the shared area of the ‘Kiss and Drop Off’ point at the front of the school, with the children and cars having to negotiate this area to get into the school. It was considered that having two additional islands in Eldon Road was not sufficient for road safety for primary school children and it has been asked that a pedestrian crossing is installed along with a 20mph speed limit around the school.

The loss of green areas and tennis courts within the school grounds are still an issue. The front of the new school is of a poor design and does not fit well with the surrounding buildings and it was suggested that a variety of materials were used to soften the impact on the area.

East Sussex County Council, which has asked Eastbourne to look at this proposal, has the final say as to whether the scheme goes ahead. Eastbourne Planning are not asked to approve or refuse the scheme, only to offer concerns and suggest changes. This what we have done, without offering a decision.

Jim Murray

Chair of Planning

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