Thursday, 05 August 2021

Head hits back over noise complaints

THE headteacher of a Henley school says it needs two new buildings due to a lack of space.

THE headteacher of a Henley school says it needs two new buildings due to a lack of space.

Karen Edwards was responding to a decision by the town council’s planning committee to recommend permission for the two outdoor chalet-style rooms at Sacred Heart primary in Greys Hill is refused.

Councillors felt there was the potential for noise at the end of the school site and neighbour Joanna Moss objected for the same reason, saying she understood the rooms would be used for music lessons. In a letter to this week’s Henley Standard, Mrs Edwards says: “Concerns have been raised and objections made without interested parties having visited our school site or having met with myself or governors to be clear of the plans.

“We have limited internal space and plan for the rooms to be used for meetings, one-to-one teaching and small group teaching sessions away from our two busy shared areas in the main school building.

“The small rooms will not be music studies to be used for music lessons and noise will certainly not be ‘an issue at the end of the school site’ as suggested by Councillor Dieter Hinke.

“The site of the proposed new building is the only possible option if we are to ensure that we don’t lose valuable outdoor play space for our pupils to comply with health and safety standards.”

She says she would be happy to meet Mrs Moss and councillors.

The single-storey timber outbuilding would measure 30 sq metres by 20 sq metres. The planning application states: “This building will be used to accommodate small groups of children no more than six at a time, some children receiving counselling or participating in music study.”

South Oxfordshire District Council will make a final decision by July 8.

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