Resident support for new school plan

Young people in Glossopdale’s towns are one step closer to having the state-of-the-art school they deserve following public consultation over the new single site building plans.

Over 200 locals attended the Newshaw Lane site of Glossopdale Community College recently to see the County Council’s plans and quiz the architect, builders and school and council staff.  96% of those surveyed at the event were in favour of the innovative new build which will replace the ageing buildings currently split over three sites in the valley.

Local residents, parents and current and future pupils heard how the £23million project will cater for 1200 students and an integrated community centre, which will replace the standalone centre at the school’s entrance once completed. Plans build in the ability to allow for future expansion if and when required.

20160121 Glossopdale Consultation

Local residents go through plans with the architect, councillors and building contractor

I am delighted that these plans have been met with such high approval from residents.” said Labour county councillor Dave Wilcox. “In particular I’m pleased that the plans under consideration for submission have been changed as a consequence of discussions the contractors have since held with residents of the school’s near neighbours at Oakford Court.

 Cllr Ellie Wilcox, who attended the school in the 1990s, said “Improvements in the facilities have been needed for as long as most can remember. I’m just so glad future generations will now benefit from such a wonderful new learning environment.

Cllr Damien Greenhalgh adding “As well as the investment into new buildings the school site will also encompass more sports pitches, car parking spaces and a bus drop off area to reduce the congestion on Newshaw Lane in the morning and afternoon peaks.

The proposals will now be submitted for formal planning approval, and if given the green light, would see building work commence in the summer of 2016 which a completion date of March 2018.