Crawley school car park’s expansion could put trees at risk

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Picturesque Pin Oak trees could be lost if Three Bridges Primary School increases the capacity of the school car park.

An application to expand the car park was delegated for approval at Crawley Borough Council’s development control committee meeting.

Concerns were raised about the future of the trees, which were planted by local volunteers and would be removed as part of the works.

Cllr Brenda Burgess (Con, Three Bridges) said: “It bothers me. Could we defer this pending review, bearing in mind some of the trees are probably worth saving?”

However, Cllr Beryl Mecrow (Con, Pound Hill South and Worth) noted that a tree expert had not lodged any objections to the proposal.

She said: “We have consulted the tree man and he doesn’t seem to have objections.

“I would be interested to know if they are going to be replaced.”

Councillors voted to delegate the application for approval, pending review concerning the Pin Oaks and whether the larger car park would present a greater flood risk.

The proposal consists of increasing the number of spaces at the Gales Place school from 23 to 32 with another two disabled spaces.

Also included in the plans are a new footway link to the school, new automated entrance gates, new lighting and cycle parking.

The school hoped to undertake the improvements during the Easter break.