LANESHAW BRIDGE: 400 letters in support of new school

Laneshaw Bridge petition
Laneshaw Bridge petition

Pupils from Laneshaw Bridge School took time out from their weekend to present Pendle’s MP Andrew Stephenson with letters of support for the proposed new school.

The pupils met Mr Stephenson before his regular surgery at Colne Library and handed over a box containing more than 400 letters in support of the new development.

The plans for the school include the demolition of the existing primary school off Emmott Lane and construction of a new single storey school with facilities including a grass football field, playground and car park.

The new building would enable the Ofsted graded “outstanding” school to cater for more pupils as well as providing improved facilities. s.

Headteacher Eileen Bleasdale said: “The new school will greatly improve the traffic congestion that has blighted Emmott Lane for years as well as providing facilities that will alleviate the current overcrowding and provide an environment commensurate with an award winning, high achieving school.”

But those opposing the proposed development fear the building would overshaddow the village and be detrimental to residential amenity.

They are worried that increased traffic on Emmott Lane would worsen existing problems.

Mr Stephenson thanked the pupils from the school for taking the time to deliver the letters of support.

He also signed a birthday card for Ella Rogers who was celebrating her 8th birthday.

• It has emerged that Lancashire County Council has appointed transport consultancy Singleton Clamp and Partners to make the case for development of the new school.

David Roberts, director of SCP, said: “SCP has previously provided assistance for new schools at Waterfoot Primary School in Rossendale and Fulwood Academy in Lancashire.

“Following the successes, we are delighted to have been have been approached by the council to again assist them in securing a new primary school at Laneshaw Bridge.”