New vehicular access and extra car parking spaces have been proposed as part of amended plans for a school in Belmont Hill, Douglas, in a bid to address concerns from residents.
Market Square Preparatory School, led by Jane Subachus, wants to open its doors at Eaglehurst in September, a year after opening to reception class pupils in Market Square, Castletown.
In the additional documents (14/00219/B), it states: ‘The majority of the local community have expressed a concern that we will impact heavily on the already congested, death trap known as Belmont Hill.
They also speak of their “peaceful residential area”. We understand that they do not want a noisy overpopulated school on their doorstep but they must understand first that this is not what they are going to get.
‘We are the equivalent size of about three classes of a normal primary school.’
The current access on Belmont Hill will be for vehicles entering the site. They will exit from a new access further up the road.
It says DEFA has approved the removal of many holly bushes on the site’s boundary to achieve a sight line of 75 metres.
Thirty car parking spaces, including 10 at the front of the building for parents of younger children, are now proposed.
In the additional documents, it states a traffic survey was carried out from 8am to 8.45am on a weekday morning. It found there was a maximum of two vehicles per minute.
‘As this was the busiest time of the day this is hardly a road that can be described as dangerous or treacherous.’
A letter has also been included from Castletown Commissioners town clerk Eddie Convery which describes the school as an ‘asset to the town’.
The private school for children aged three to 11 would have a maximum class of 10.