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Parents 'misled' over new school path
2:00pm Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
PARENTS and childminders claim they have been misled regarding a path heading to a new primary school.
Sycamore Lane Primary School, Great Sankey, will close this year with pupils moving to Chapelford Village Primary School nearly two miles away at the end of the month.
A number of residents have claimed that during consultation events two years ago about moving to the new buildings, parents were told a new path would be constructed leading directly to the Chapelford building.
But instead an old path appears to have been paved over which does not shorten the journey to the new school and will mean a 40 minute walk for parents with young children.
The school run will also not be made any easier travelling by bus as timetables mean youngsters will either get to school 40 minutes early or five minutes late.
Concerned child minder Pam Addison, from Great Sankey, will be taking four children to the new building.
The 43-year-old said: “I think I’m going to video tape it the next time there’s a consultation in the area because I remember a woman tracing a path with her finger that would lead directly to the school.
“But somewhere in the last two years we’ve either been lied to by the council or developers or one of them has been sneaky and changed where the path will be.
“It should be about a 20 to 25 minutes walk over the field with children and kids as young as four are not going to want to walk any further.”