Start of plan for school expansion

CONSULTATION has formally begun over a plan to expand a Felpham school.

West Sussex County Council’s education cabinet member, Peter Griffiths, launched the month-long period for Downview Primary School on December 13.

The council wants to increase the size of the school from 420 to 630 places to cater for the children in the nearby site six housing development.

A report by the council’s head of capital and asset management, Colin James, says it is cheaper to expand rather than build a new school on site six.

A new school would cost at least £1.5m more than making Downview larger. This work would be funded by the less- than-£356,000 paid by the housing’s developers.

It was hoped the extra places would be ready by September 2015.

But Mr James said the council was well aware many of the 48 per cent of the 262 respondents to an informal survey opposed the plan because of traffic fears. “Concerns have been raised about traffic congestion surrounding the roads of the school during term time...” he states. Efforts will be made to overcome those worries.