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'School run is like a festival mudbath': Parents' fury as new 4million school opens – without a pedestrian footpath
Mother-of-two Kate Foreman, 31, has compared the walk to the new Chaddesley Corbett Endowed School to 'the end of a festival'The Worcestershire school only opened its doors to students for the first time on Monday morning
04:11 GMT, 28 November 2012
Furious parents have compared walking to a brand new multi-million pound school to wading through a festival mudbath after it opened its doors to students with no pedestrian footpath.
The 4million Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School, which takes students from rural areas between Bromsgrove and Kidderminster, in Worcestershire, only opened for the first time on Monday morning.
But after only two full school days parents, who have had to don wellies and waterproofs to complete the boggy walk to school, have complained about the lack of walking access to the site.
'Mudbath': Mother-of-two Kate Foreman, 31, Isabelle, 3 and Poppy 11 weeks, make their way along a muddy path leading to the brand new Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School which opened on Monday
New: The 4million school only opened its doors this week, but already parents have hit out at the lack of pedestrian access for pupils and their parents
The only way for those arriving on foot to access the new site is to tackle a muddy lane alongside neighbouring nurseries.
Mother-of-two Kate Foreman, 31, said that taking her three-year-old daughter Isabelle to school for her first day today would be a nightmare.
She said: 'It's a mudbath, it's like the end of a music festival.
'There are people without cars who have to walk to school and they won't be able to get there. You need wellies and waterproofs it's so bad.
Tough terrain: Mother Kate Foreman, pictured, says that her and three-year-old daughter Isabelle will have to don wellies and waterproofs to get to school
'You've got no chance if you've got a pushchair as well – the wheels would get stuck.'
The new school has been built with larger classrooms, hall and forest school areas and dedicated food technology, music and science facilities.
The move has seen two existing schools – Chaddesley Corbett Endowed First School and the nearby Stone First School – merge to form a single primary.
Plans for the school were criticised when approved in October last year by the local highways authority and local ramblers who said that excessive car parking provision would encourage the dependance upon cars to get students to school.
Councillor Stephen Clee said that Worcestershire County Council are looking for a short-term solution to the problem.
He told the Kidderminster Shuttle: 'We fully appreciate the concerns of parents about the current condition of the path that leads to the school and I have been working with officers in our countryside service, the parish council and the landowner to provide a short term improvement to the path that will help parents and children get to and from the new school safely.'
'Like the end of a festival': The path, running alongside neighbouring nursuries, is the only pedestrian access to the new school site
Bigger: Chaddesley Corbett Primary School cost 4million to build and has seen two smaller local schools merge