School row residents to meet with the builders

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ANGRY residents are finally getting answers about plans for a new school in their village - but planning permission has already been granted.

Residents living near Outwood Academy in Adwick were furious after Doncaster Council agreed details for the £7 million rebuild programme last week - and claimed people living near the site had not been given the chance to comment.

Former pupils of the old Percy Jackson Grammar School, which will be demolished as part of the scheme, were also upset by the decision as they have been campaigning to save the 73-year-old Art Deco building.

Now residents have been told a meeting will be held at Adwick Junior School on Tuesday evening, with representatives of the council, the academy and the builders, Waites Construction.

The meeting was originally due to be held at the academy but the venue has been switched.

Wendy Bunton, who was among campaigners calling for the new school building to be sited in a different position in the school grounds, said: “We are hoping we can still do something even at this stage.

“We’ve been asking questions on this for 10 weeks and still not had them answered.

“We want as many people to turn up as possible. But this should have happened before the planning committee meeting.”

A Doncaster Council spokesman said: “As is normal with a project of this kind and because our contractors want to be good neighbours, a meeting has been arranged for those residents who will be affected by the building works.

“Residents living near the site have been invited to meet the key people involved in the project including representatives from the contractor, the council, and the academy, and to ask any questions they may have.”

Builders are due to start work at the site on Monday, October 17. The new building will be on school land near the A638, currently playing fields.

Councillor Susan Bolton criticised the council in last week’s planning committee meeting for failing to consult with the people living near the site.

But Coun John Mounsey, the chairman of the governors at the school, said the new building plan was a “fantastic opportunity”.