Outside Works Phase 3 – What To Expect

Following a Council Hearing on Thursday 25th September regarding the removal of the willow tree on our grounds, and a meeting with the approved contractor for the external works earlier this week, we have a date for the start of the external works: Monday 6th October.

Removal of the trees

During the week beginning Monday 6th October the trees needing to be removed (four), including the willow tree, will be felled.  The area around the trees will be made safe with the appropriate fencing and so on.  We will have to make some changes to the timetable to accommodate the works, so Forest School will take place in another part of the grounds.  There is a week scheduled for the removal of the trees, although with good weather it may not take that long.

Trees are also being removed down the access road but this shouldn’t interfere with staff arriving or leaving for work, or parents dropping off and collecting children from the rear of the school.  However, if these arrangements change we will let you know.  Please check this blog or Twitter account for updates.

Preparation

You will have noticed the construction site’s well being and office area is being set up to the front of the school.  This is in preparation for the works starting on 20th October.

Parking

From the evening of Friday 17th October, the access road will be blocked off from both ends and there will be no pedestrian or vehicular access down this road until April 2015.

With effect from Monday 20th October the back of the school will become a no-go area for parking.  We will start using the front car park, but for STAFF only.

Parents and carers will need to find alternative arrangements for parking.  The Leisure Centre is happy to accommodate parking and there is some limited parking along the road.  Please do not park in the car parks belonging to the businesses across the road.

We will be asking all our visitors to park elsewhere in Bletchley as we cannot accommodate them in the limited parking at the front.

School garden

The school garden to the front of the school will be used for STAFF parking.  You will remember that Santander volunteers helped us relocate the garden.  Whilst we await a proper surface for a parent/carer drop off and collect car park we are going to take down the fence and put matting over the garden so that we can get as many cars in as possible.

We are having to double park and the spaces have all been worked out carefully so that people can leave at the end of their working day – we have different hours.

Taking your child to their class

From Monday 20th October, you may need to allow a few more minutes in the morning to get your child to their classroom as there will be fencing up within the grounds.  We are going to have to walk around the playgrounds as they are being resurfaced and not through them.

Routes will change as surfaces are completed.  We will keep you up to date.  Please follow the news on our website or on Twitter.

The works will mean a massive upheaval for us all.  It will be worth it in the end because we will have safer surfaces to play on.  The delays to the start of the works have meant that more of the year and term time will be taken up with the improvements.  There is some concern over the weather over the winter as it can delay outside projects.  However, we are hoping for an April completion.

Please bear with us as we carry out the project.  Inevitably it will be frustrating.  Arrangements may change due to the weather, materials being delivered late and so on.  We will be doing our best to smooth out difficulties and accommodate the needs of the earthworks.