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Downham councillors back school expansion, but plead for safety improvements

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Plans for a new classroom to be built at a Downham primary school will not lead to an increase in the number of pupils attending, education officials say.

The claim comes after both town councillors and residents called for action to tackle road safety issues around the Nelson Academy.

Members of the authority’s planning committee supported the plan at a meeting last night.

Nelson Academy Downham Market.. (29048150)
Nelson Academy Downham Market.. (29048150)

But they also called for more to be done to tackle the problem of “inconsiderate parking” in nearby roads.

They say tighter restrictions on off-site parking and a 20 miles per hour speed limit in the area should be considered.

However, newly-published documents, submitted as part of the planning application to West Norfolk Council, said the new classroom would replace an existing space which will be converted into a library.

It added: “As a result, there will be no increase in the number of staff, pupils or parents visiting/attending the Academy.”

The town council’s comments also come after a neighbouring resident lodged an objection to the plan, arguing that no further expansion of the school should be permitted until the existing traffic problems were resolved.

The school says it will work with all interested parties in a bid to find a solution.

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