RESIDENTS staged a demonstration this morning to show their opposition to plans to move a private school to an exclusive housing estate.
Red House School is set to move from its site in Norton to Wynyard – but residents fear it will cause traffic chaos on the quiet estate and the already busy surrounding roads.
Residents showed their anger by parking their cars in Wellington Drive to show the potential disturbance people can expect if the move gets the go ahead.
School bosses say access to the school, which has more than 800 pupils, including around 100 from Wynyard, will be tightly controlled to make sure it does not become congested with parked cars.
Stockton Borough Council’s planning committee is due to decide the school’s application next Wednesday, May 30, during a meeting at Stockton Library.
Wynyard ward councillor John Gardner, who sits on the planning committee, said: “There will be up to 850 journeys on Wellington Drive between 8am and 9am, but the school say it won’t have an impact on surrounding highways.
“The A689 is already choc-a-bloc and sometimes gets backed up to the second Wynyard roundabout.
“It is not an appropriate location for an 800-plus pupil school.
“It is just going to be crippling around here on a morning.
“There is a lot of opposition against it.”
Stockton Borough Council is being urged to approve the relocation with conditions, which the school says it will meet.
Headmaster Alex Taylor said: “We are continuing to work with the Highways Agency concerning traffic and will make every endeavour to reduce the impact to Wynyard residents.
“Access to the school will be tightly controlled from Wellington Drive so that it will not become a parking area for parents, and therefore will be no trouble for local residents, or a cause for other schools’ buses to be rerouted.
“We have well over a hundred pupils currently at the school who live in Wynyard, whose parents are very supportive of the proposed plans, as it means that these children will be able to walk or cycle to school.”
Mr Taylor added the school plans to make its state-of-the-art sports facilities available to residents and the school building will be available to community groups.