School Travel Plan To Discourage Car Use

New Five Islands School, due to open in September

Parents, staff and pupils attending the new school from September won’t be able to park easily nearby and will need to find another way to get to school.

And over the next fortnight, parents will receive the school Travel Plan, which offers ideas on greener ways of getting there, including walking in groups or cycling.

Headteacher of the Five Islands School, Bryce Wilby, says there won’t be any extra car parking spaces and people will need to plan for the new arrangements – details are being included in the preparation material being sent out to parents.

Bryce says that a high number of pupils and staff already walk or cycle, so it’s more about finding ways of encouraging the rest to switch to greener transport. The school can’t demand people change their behaviour, just offer alternatives.

But he says this could mean a big change for some people. There will be no staff parking and the only spaces will be at the current Nowhere car park. Bryce says that if people really want a car park, they need to lobby the Council for this.

Parking will be discouraged, especially around Old Town Beach and he will ask the local authority to mark the roads appropriately to discourage stopping.

Another change is that the footpath at the back of Carn Gwaval, which many people use, but is marked as a non-pedestrian entrance, will be blocked off with swipe-card entry for deliveries. People will now have to walk around to the main entrance.

The Council’s Chief Executive, Philip Hygate, says the Council are looking at improving the path past the Dump using some left over cash from the school build and money the Planning Department has identified. Street lighting for that route has also been considered.

However, Radio Scilly has learned that a path crossing the water meadow and linking Old Town with the school is unlikely to be built. Creating that access was a planning condition of the new school build.

But after Chief Technical Officer Neville Gardner met with the project team, it was felt that it wasn’t appropriate to encouraging kids to walk down Trench Lane. It’s a private road and including it in the school walking route would create legal and liability issues.

Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden has suggested Mace formally write and say they can’t honour the planning condition.