Highways wade in on access route debate for Royal Latin School science block

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A Buckingham back road should not be used by construction traffic for the Royal Latin School’s new science building, says the Highways department at Bucks County Council (BCC).

Earlier this month the Advertiser reported that residents of Brookfield Lane were worried about the potential danger of heavy vehicles using the lane as the access route for the building site.

An application for the £5 million Discovery Centre at the school is currently with planners at Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC).

And although residents are supportive of the new development, several have said the lorries would pose a danger to children walking to school down the lane.

On behalf of residents, county councillor for Buckingham, Robin Stuchbury, asked Highways to inspect the plans.

And now planning advisor for BCC David Fettes has said the lane is unsuitable.

In his report, which is available to view on AVDC’s planning portal, Mr Fettes said: “The use of Brookfield Lane, which is inadequate in width, would conflict with parked cars, local residents and pupils accessing the school.”

Access to the construction site should be via the adjoining Swan Pool access, said Mr Fettes, in order to minimise danger, obstruction and inconvenience to users of the highway and the development,

The access route via the Swan Pool is owned by the county council and leased to AVDC.

Mr Stuchbury told the Advertiser he was glad an alternative route had been recommended.

He said: “I’ve got no axe to grind with the building, but I would have an axe to grind if a child got run over. Nobody wants to stop them having their development.

“They’ve just got to go through the hedge and take a little road through to their building site.

“The inconvenience should be borne by the school, not the residents of Brookfield Lane.”

Support for the Discovery Centre continues to build.

In a letter on the AVDC planning portal, Stratford Road resident Julie Kendall said: “I fully support this project which is badly needed to improve the facilities available at an outstanding local grammar school.

“The school is an academy, specialising in science and it is essential they have modern, well-equipped, spacious classrooms to meet the very high standards they aim to achieve.”

Dr Helen Smith, of Beachampton, said: “The science building will be a tremendous benefit to the school both now and for generations to come.

“The country needs strong scientists, and they need to start somewhere!”

No one from the school was available to comment at time of going to press.