A planned new £17 million super school at the former Don Valley Stadium may cause ‘significant congestion’ – affecting the ability of police cars to respond to incident from a nearby base, the force has warned.
South Yorkshire Police say they have concerns about proposals for the stadium site – and have asked for plans to create a footpath to the north of the school to be rethought on the grounds it could increase the risk of their vehicles colliding with pedestrians.
The stadium site is close to the force’s headquarters on Attercliffe Common.
Planning permission is being sought for a combined primary and secondary school that could potentially open in September 2015.
South Yorkshire Police property services manager Paul Garner said: “There may be significant congestion at school start and end times along Attercliffe Common and Worksop Road which could affect South Yorkshire Police’s ability to respond quickly to incidents.”
He said the force is ‘not adverse’ to the creation of a new school but the work of the police should be taken into consideration by planners.
Mr Garner added the police were also concerned about the location of a footpath between the northern side of the proposed school and the junction of Old Hall Road and Fell Road.
He said the footpath could potentially encourage parents to Fell Road, Old Hall Road, Howden Road and Whitworth Lane as drop-off and collection points for their children, causing additional congestion and blocking junctions for emergency vehicles.
Mr Garner added: “The proposed footpath will encourage a significant increase in pedestrian activity, especially amongst the younger members of the community on the roads and footpaths surrounding Attercliffe Police Station.
“This has the real possibility of increasing the risk of collisions and incidents with pedestrians when police vehicles are trying to exit the station to attend emergency incidents.”