VICTORY FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AS COUNCIL TURN DOWN PLAN FOR NEW SCHOOL

Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has strongly welcomed the decision of Birmingham City Council planners to refuse permission for the East Birmingham Network to build a new school on the old Saab garage site facing Eachelhurst Road. The council said the development would be out of character with the area and did not represent sustainable development.

Ann has supported local residents who petitioned the council against the proposal, mainly on grounds of increased traffic and potential road safety dangers to local people and staff and students at the proposed school. The council acknowledged the strength of this argument saying there were inadequate pedestrian crossing facilities. Ann also campaigned against the school on environmental and public health grounds following the publication of a report from MPs pointing out the pollution hazards of siting new developments near major roads.

Ann said: "I am pleased the residents have won their fight. Their arguments against the development on traffic and safety grounds were quite right and I am glad the council planners have recognised this. I am also pleased to have been able to support the residents by submitting my own objections to the plans which I hope have played some part in this victory."