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St James’ Park developer to meet with Bishop’s Stortford High School to thrash out traffic problems





The developer building St James’ Park in Bishop’s Stortford is to meet with the assistant head of The Bishop’s Stortford High School (TBSHS), Dave Harvey, to thrash out traffic concerns.

Cllr Graham McAndrew, a member of East Herts district and Herts county councils, will join them. He is a school governor and has been pressing Countryside to ensure safe access for students when the secondary relocates to Beaumont Road in September.

He has highlighted parking on walkways and cycleways by contractors working at the 750-home St James’ Park estate, formerly known as Bishop’s Stortford South.

Cllr Graham McAndrew is concerned about parking causing issues for Bishop's Stortford High Schol pupils
Cllr Graham McAndrew is concerned about parking causing issues for Bishop's Stortford High Schol pupils

Currently, the London Road secondary, rated outstanding by Ofsted, has a roll of about 1,200 students, with single-sex education for boys in Years 7 to 11 and a co-educational sixth form, where a third of the pupils are girls.

The new campus off Whittington Way will increase capacity, enabling TBSHS to admit 180 pupils a year – six forms of entry (6FE) – rather than the current maximum of 156. That means 900 pupils in Years 7 to 11 and 400 sixth-formers, with the potential to expand to support the proposed scale of new housing in the area.

After Cllr McAndrew protested about the parking problems and the potential for road safety issues for students from September, he was told all contractors had been provided with alternative parking and had been warned again not to leave their vehicles near the school.

Cllr Graham McAndrew is concerned about parking causing issues for Bishop's Stortford High School pupils
Cllr Graham McAndrew is concerned about parking causing issues for Bishop's Stortford High School pupils

A Countryside spokesperson told the Indie: “We are liaising with the adjacent developers and stakeholders on the St James’ Park site about the parking issue and are working with them to agree alternative parking options with firm deadlines in readiness for the school opening in September.

“We are in the process of confirming a site tour in July with Cllr Graham McAndrew and the assistant head teacher at Bishop’s Stortford High School to take them through our plans to minimise traffic disruption and provide safe access to the school in time for the start of the new academic year.”



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