School play area plans are passed

UPHILL Primary School has been granted permission to build new play equipment after the council dismissed concerns it would spoil the school’s historic beauty.

North Somerset Council voted unanimously to allow the school in Old Church Road to put up a new 2.7m high climbing frame in front of the main building.

A spokesman for the school said it was the only sensible place to put the ‘essential’ play area which Ofsted had recommended. She said: “The equipment is needed for the foundation stage curriculum to move to an outstanding standard.

“It has been designed to go with our uniform and we don’t think it would attract unwelcome visitors like it could do if it was at the back and out of sight.”

She added that it had to be visible to staff inside the building for health and safety reasons and there was no other practical place for the equipment to go.

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Planning officer Simon Exley said: “The site has been chosen very carefully.”

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