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Nursery building plan for Bridgend Primary School in Alness as Highland Council approves proposal

By Alasdair Fraser

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A NEW nursery is to be built beside an Alness primary school after Highland Council consultations addressed concerns over road safety for pedestrians.

The local authority’s own application to install modular classrooms at Bridgend Primary School was approved by planning officials after a risk assessment and other investigations.

The existing nursery was previously housed within two classrooms in the main building, but the 48 youngsters will now have dedicated portacabin-style buildings and covered play areas of their own.

The vacated classrooms will be used for any expansion of the 277-pupil primary school roll.

The council’s transport planning team sought a number of conditions before giving its approval, but accepted the projected increase of 17 pupils next year would present no significant new traffic issues.

However, the consultation, among other issues, raised concerns over a blind corner within the school grounds where parents pick up and drop off youngsters.

It also noted that blocked driveways on Perrins Road had stoked conflict between residents and parents during pick up and drop-off hours.

An independent risk assessment study of the blind corner within the grounds concluded that the school should designate the rear car park for staff-only use, block pedestrian access between the main and rear car parks, and enforce existing 5mph speed limits.

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