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Results of survey on five sites for a new Three Rivers school published today
THE results of a consultation on five potential locations for a new secondary school in Three Rivers have today (21) been published, with Maple Cross sites proving popular.
Last February the Gazette reported how Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) earmarked Â£82.5million to increase school places where pupil numbers have risen, and plug a projected deficit of 259 places by 2016.
Five possible sites were selected out of a list of 30, put together by HCC and Three Rivers District Council.
Residents were asked to mark their preferences during the two-month consultation, entitled Site Allocations 'Issues and Options', which ended on January 14 this year.
Two sites in Mill End / Maple Cross received overwhelming support compared with three in Croxley Green.
Although no decisions have been made on which options will be taken forward, HCC has suggested it would be prudent to seek the reservation of two sites, one in Mill End / Maple Cross and one in Croxley Green.
A site could be selected in April, with technical investigations completed during the summer.
Parents protest group, the WD3 School Action Group, has led an ongoing campaign for a new school in Three Rivers.
Group spokesperson, Adrienne Cohen, said: "We are absolutely delighted to see the local community is behind us, but we are a long way off yet.
"The new school isn't going to be built for another five to six years - what's going to happen now as our kids are being traipsed off to schools outside the local area?
"We need the county and district councils to keep working together to make this happen as soon as possible."
The results are as follows:
Site S (a) Mill End / Maple Cross - land east of A405 /north of A412
For - 1750 (85 per cent)
Against - 310 (15 per cent)
Comments included concerns about a loss of farm land, impact on traffic and increased congestion.
Site S(b) Mill End / Maple Cross - Froghall Farm and adjoining land
For - 1741 (85 per cent)
Against - 304 (15 per cent)
Comments included the site has good access with room for future expansion, but also worries about the flood plain, impact on traffic and the site's proximity to sewage treatment works.
Site S (c) Croxley Green - land off Little Green Lane
For - 135 (seven per cent)
Against - 1906 (93 per cent)
Comments included concerns about the site breaching the green belt boundary, impact on traffic on already congested roads and loss of agricultural land. Respondents also said that the area had enough schools and more were needed in Mill End and Rickmansworth.
Site S (d) Croxley Green- land north-east of Baldwins Lane
For - 260 (13 per cent)
Against - 1768 (87 per cent)
Although this is considered to be the best of the sites in Croxley, concerns were raised about the traffic, lack of space for future expansion and the fact that more schools were needed in Maple Cross / Mill End.
Site S (e) Croxley Green - land west and north of Little Green Lane
For - 176 (nine per cent)
Against - 1853 (91 per cent)
Significant concerns raised about the site breaching the green belt boundary and the impact traffic congestion on narrow lanes.
What do you think? Email Gazette reporter Siba Matti at email@example.com or post a comment below.
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