Consultation on £6m school plans

East Riding of Yorkshire Council held a public exhibition at Driffield Community Centre, West Garth, on Tuesday, to explain proposals for remodelling Kings Mill Special School, for which the council has applied for planning approval.

Saturday, 20th April 2013, 3:27 pm
NDTP Kingsmill ps1316-16 Kingsmill Exhibition Driffield Pictured by Pam Stanforth ps1316-16 David Thacker, John Wordsworth, Jane Duke, Gill Hunsley, Judith Wood

Representatives of the school and the council’s design team were be on hand to explain the £5.85 project and answer any questions.

Councillors and school governors also attended.

The exhibition was open to parents, neighbours and the general public and provided an opportunity for people to give constructive feedback. They also learned how to respond to the planning authority once the project comes online on the council’s website.

Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Kings Mill is a thriving and popular school for children with special needs and sometimes complex learning difficulties. It has been at the heart of Driffield for about 50 years, but draws children from a wide catchment area of rural East Riding.

“The school buildings are too small for the numbers of children currently on roll and there is a long waiting list.

“The project would see a number of changes to the school site over a two-year period, starting in autumn. It will be built by instalments, allowing the school and the residence to continue operating.

“When complete, it will have all the facilities that a special school needs for pupils from ages three to 19, in line with Government standards for new schools.

“Using the recently acquired land on Church Street, it will have separate arrival and departure flows and allow all the special minibuses and taxis to park on the site without causing congestion on Victoria Road.”