Hove Park Ward Councillors Jayne Bennett and Vanessa Brown have thanked local residents for turning out in numbers to express their views on plans to locate a new school in their Ward.
Jayne and Vanessa arranged an exhibition and public meeting on Tuesday (4th June) on the plans to build a permanent home for the Spanish Bilingual School. The proposed location for the new school is next to the Engineerium, opposite the entrance to the City Parks development in the Droveway a cul-de-sac at the western entrance to Hove Park.
Around 100 local residents attended the public meeting which took place at the Bowls Pavilion in Hove Park. Also attending were representatives from the school and some parents of children who already attend the Bilingual School at its existing temporary location at BACA in Falmer.
Far and away the biggest concern of local residents at the meeting was the traffic and parking implications of the plans, as the school hopes to attract over 600 pupils. There was an impromptu question and answer session with the schools travel consultant but he was unable to allay fears of residents, who already have to contend with massive parking problems caused by the City Park development.
Speaking after the meeting, Vanessa said: I am really pleased that so many local residents turned out to give their views. Jayne and I organised this meeting because we were concerned that the official consultation by the school and the Council did not involve enough people. It is important that everyone who might be affected gets their voice heard.
Jayne added: The message from our residents is loud and clear if this site is going to be used, then a solution to the traffic issues must be found. Vanessa and I will keep residents informed as the debate continues.