Borough set to tackle school spaces and night club chaos

Borough set to tackle school spaces and night club chaos

Luke Matthews

Borough set to tackle school spaces and night club chaos

Primary and junior school places in Maidenhead could increase by 246 as the council looks to meet the growing demand.

A remodelled Ellington Primary School would grow from 30 students per year group to 60 in September and a number of other schools will also be looked at for opportunities of expansion.

Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Maidenhead Riverside), chair of governors at Ellington, said: “All the staff, children and parents at the school are very excited about this.

“It’s a very exciting for Ellington.”

Councillors agreed on the expansion of Braywood First School in Oakley Green Road, Windsor, to a capacity of 150 pupils and will also look to carry out a consultation with a view of expanding secondary school spaces in the borough as well. 

The cabinet also announced that its licensing and planning departments will begin to work in tandem to tackle night club closing time chaos.

Some clubs have conflicting closing times under their licensing conditions compared to closing times under planning restrictions imposed years ago.

At a cabinet meeting last night Cllr Carwyn Cox (Con, Hurley and Walthams) and Cllr MJ Saunders (Con, Bisham and Cookham) said the council's enforcement team would work to deliver a 'more consistent approach'.

In conflicting cases, the earlier of the two restrictions will be imposed so that neighbouring residents can 'enjoy their homes without unreasonable noise, disturbance, or fear of crime.'

Cabinet chairman Cllr David Burbage also announced that, although residents are paying three per cent less for council services, the Royal Borough’s finances remain in a healthy position.

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