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Cornish primary school submits plans for mulit-use trail

Cornish primary school submits plans for mulit-use trail

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:00pm 11th April 2020.

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

A primary school is set to get a new multi-use trail which will be used by children for their daily walks as well as being open for the wider community.

Stratton Primary School had applied to Cornwall Council for planning permission for the semi-permanent 600-metre long trail on the school grounds.

In the design and access statement submitted as part of the application it states:

“The proposed multi-use trail is intended to facilitate a daily mile (in all weathers) for children attending Stratton Primary School primarily, boosting their health, wellbeing and learning. The secondary use would be when the school is closed in the evenings, weekends and holidays – this is when the multi-use trail would be available to anyone who would like to use it in the wider community.”

The statement says that a survey undertaken by the school found that “Stratton does not have much in the way of facilities for children to safely enjoy any outdoor space”.

It says that it is hoped that the trail could be a “hub of outdoor space” for children and families to use which is free of traffic.

Under the plans the trail would be located within the school grounds around the existing sports field.

It adds:

“The trail would be 600 metres long and 1.4 metres wide. In order to complete the daily mile – children would walk/run the trail approximately two and a half times. Part of the trail would also include a bmx suitable area with berms in a pump trail section. There would also be a ‘northshore’ section of the track which consists of a wooden skills area.”

The statement explains:

“The field is adjacent to a public bridleway which would help to facilitate safe access for the use of the trail once installed. For anyone in the wider community wishing to use the new multi-use trail – there is plenty of existing car parking on site. At the times that the facility would be available to the wider community, these car parking spaces will be freely available.”

Cornwall Council granted conditional approval to the application under delegated powers last week.

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