With Huntingtower Community Primary Academy set to become the largest primary school in Grantham, plans are under way to build bigger and better facilities to accommodate 420 pupils by 2019.
It follows an agreement with Lincolnshire County Council that the academy will admit 60 students each year, but in order to do so Huntingtower wants to create a range of new facilities.
These include the addition of a nursery, a multi-use games area, a larger and fully equipped sports hall and gym with changing facilities, a new welcoming area with café, meeting rooms and 24 extra parking spaces.
The proposals are being put forward by the academy’s business manager, Jim Kirby, who said: “There is an area of scrubland where we can build this. But we want everyone to have their say first.
“As Huntingtower Community Primary Academy, we are all about the community. It won’t only be for the school, but will provide much needed sports facilities to those living nearby,” he said. “For example, I know that the Springfield area doesn’t have these kind of facilities, and we have already had requests for somewhere to play futsal [five-a-side football] and badminton.”
Mr Kirby hopes that the town will get behind the development, and would like to see local groups get involved with the project. A statement has also been released explaining the project’s rationale, and inviting the public to have their say at a consulation event next week.
It states: “The proposal will enhance the area considerably and provide a focus for the community. There will be 24 more parking spaces, therefore easing parking issues at school start and finish times.
“The sporting facilities will be used predominantly by the academy during school hours, thus not attracting addtional traffic. However, other facilities will be available by prior booking. All of the facilities will be available to book after school hours, and we hope to provide premises to groups that the community can access, providing a richness to the area.
“The academy genuinely wants to make the Huntingtower Road area even better than it is and needs your help. Come and share your thoughts about the future needs of the area, and your concerns about the plans.
“If you feel your organisation could benefit from being part of this, have some ideas, concerns or reservations (or you simply have an interest in finding out) then share these with the staff present or make a note on the post-its and put them on the wall.
“Let’s work together to improve the futures of those living in and around Huntingtower Road.”
The consultation event will take place at the school from 2pm to 7pm, on Tuesday, May 3. Further information and detailed drawings of the plans will be available.