Contentment and concern at consultation for proposed Bury St Edmunds secondary school

Visualisation of new secondary school at Moreton Hall - courtesy of Concertus Designs and Property Consultants ANL-150402-103828001
Visualisation of new secondary school at Moreton Hall - courtesy of Concertus Designs and Property Consultants ANL-150402-103828001
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Residents have aired mixed views about a proposed secondary school on their Bury St Edmunds estate.

The 11-16 school in Lady Miriam Way, at Moreton Hall, is due to open in September 2016 when most of the town moves to two-tier schooling.

At a pre-application consultation at Moreton Hall Community Centre on Monday, people seemed happy with the school and its community sports facilities.

However, concerns were raised about increased volume of traffic, a lack of parking spaces, and disruption caused by continual building work.

Bury town councillor Peter Thompson said: “I can only think of positives, including the sports facilities for the whole community.

“It may benefit the traffic situation. It will feed primarily from the estate, so there will be less movement out to other schools in the town. However, I do see an issue with parking.”

Mother of two Lindsey Rogers, 32, said: “The school looks really good, it’s quite big but the facilities look amazing. I think it will offer a lot to the community too.”

Former teacher Rowland Bugden said: “Traffic will be a problem anyway, it’s a question of getting the facilities to minimise the impact on the community.”

A county council spokesman said: “A transport assessment has been commissioned from consultants to support the planning process.”

He added the school’s ‘campus structure’ and building access location ‘will allow full separation’ between the construction site and school buildings already in use.