Planning constraints for fire-hit school

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PARENTS at Cheddington and Dinton School have expressed their concerns about the amount of time it will take to get the fire-hit site back to normal.

Bucks Herald correspondent Chloe Lambert wrote the following extract: I was unable to attend the meeting (last week) but have spoken to several people who did.

One of them, a resident of Dinton, thought that the governors were doing a good job under very difficult circumstances, but remains, like a lot of other parents, very concerned about the length of time the rebuilding and reconstruction of the buildings at Dinton, are going to take.

There are a number of planning constraints which have a considerable effect on the reconstruction of the buildings and redevelopment of the site at Dinton.

It is part of the conservation area and there are many important listed buildings nearby, including the grade one listed church of St Peter & St Paul, and many other listed buildings all around School Lane.

Apparently there are difficulties in piping water across School Lane, Dinton, to the school field where some people expected and hoped that the temporary buildings required would be.

Some residents of Cuddington are extremely and understandably concerned about parking problems not only experienced on the night of the meeting but at other times as well.

The school bus sometimes experiences difficulties getting through the village of Cuddington, like it sometimes used to in Dinton where parking problems round the school site were a frequent cause for complaints, even 30 years ago.

The difficulty, of course, is that neither Dinton nor Cuddington were designed or built to accommodate the number of children now being temporarily educated mainly in Cuddington.

When both villages’ narrow and twisty lanes first came into being, they certainly didn’t have to cope with a relatively large number of four-wheel drives or people carriers as they do now.

Alternative arrangements were being made on an almost daily basis up until the end of term last Friday, July 22.

Lets hope the pupils, staff, parents, governors and their families have fun and are able to have a bit of a break from all this during the summer holidays.

Goodbye and good luck to those children who have just left either Cuddington or Dinton, all of whom will in future years doubtless remember their last summer term for a variety of different reasons but both Dinton and Cuddington have educated many hundreds of children in their respective schools over the years and both villages are extremely fortunate to have schools where young children are able to start their education in lovely surroundings, relatively close to home. Long may that continue.