Classroom build nears completion

School staff looking at work in progress on new buildings at Wesham C of E Primary.

School staff looking at work in progress on new buildings at Wesham C of E Primary.

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A SCHOOL is to be partially demolished and rebuilt in a move which will help it attract more pupils.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee has approved an application to redevelop Mereside Junior and Infant School on Langdale Road and bring the facilities into the 21st Century.

The proposals will see the main hall, infant block and nursery block knocked down but a recently built single storey extension and the three-storey junior block will be retained as part of the new buildings.

A single storey curved extension will be built, constructed round a central play space for the youngsters to use at break times and there will be first and second floor extensions to existing school buildings.

The development will allow Mereside to progress from being a one form entry to a two form entry school.

A report to councillors said the proposals would give the school room for a larger intake of students once the extra class was in place.

It added: “The development would improve the school’s facilities and provision for additional pupils, bringing the facilities in line with the latest guidance on educational space.”

The committee agreed for the proposals to go ahead despite concerns about car parking provision.

Councillors called on the school to consider providing more spaces on the site after hearing the redevelopment would lead to a loss of around 16 spaces currently in place on its land.

Coun Peter Evans said he did not believe the remaining 28 space would be enough because only 20 of those would be allocated to staff.

Coun Christine Wright said she did not want properties neighbouring the school to be troubled with people parking outside their homes when dropping youngsters off at school in the mornings and in the evenings.

She added: “I feel there needs to be adequate parking otherwise it will go on to the surrounding streets and we’ll have unhappy residents.”