New school plans cut risk posed by pollution

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Playing fields have been earmarked as the site for a new primary school for pupils blighted by air pollution.

Sheffield Council has announced plans for a new building to serve youngsters in Tinsley, which is struggling to cope with a rise in demand for places.

Proposals include demolishing Tinsley Nursery and Infant and Tinsley Junior School and relocating them away from the shadow of the M1.

City bosses secured funding from the Government’s Basic Need programme after years of complaints over the health risks posed to pupils forced to learn close to heavy traffic.

But the only suitable patch of land which has been identified for the site is Tinsley Recreation Ground attached to the Tinsley Green Centre.

Public consultation has now been launched.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, said: “I am so delighted that we are finally able to build a new primary school for the children and families of Tinsley, away from the M1, which is something they have wanted for a long time.

“Local residents, local community forums, councillors and the local MP Clive Betts have been campaigning for years for this day so it’s great to see it finally happening.

“We have looked at all potential sites in the area, to see where the school could be located.

“Unfortunately, the only suitable location within the budget and away from the motorway, is attaching the new school to the Tinsley Green Centre.”

The council has promised to transform the former sites of Tinsley Nursery and Infant and Tinsley Junior School into green spaces for the community if plans are given the green light.

Consultation runs until December 8. Comments from the consultation will be fed back to cabinet before members make a decision next year.

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