Work has commenced on the new £4.2million school expansion at the Fiveways school on Wisntree Road in Stanway.
The new project will see the Fiveways Primary school pupil intake increase from its current 315 pupils to 630 over the next 3 years.
A new standalone two-storey teaching block, featuring nine new classes and a small hall, will be built, while some existing space will also be remodelled.
In addition, work on another £4.4million school expansion project had begun during the summer holiday at Stanway Primary school on Chapel Road, which joins Winstree Road.
The Stanway Primary expansion will involve the construction of a new two-storey teaching block, increasing the school’s pupil capacity from 280 to 420 and is due to open in 2018.
With a lot more homes being built in the Stanway area, Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education said: “Projects such as these are crucial in continuing to meet the rising demand for school places.”
Concerns have been raised by residents about the volume of traffic currently using Winstree Road and Chapel Road in Stanway during school run times.
The Co-op on Peartree Road offers free parking for any driver dropping off or collecting children from any of the schools in this area, with a shared cycle/pedestrian walk through the Woden Avenue housing development as a short-cut.
Traffic volume and road safety concerns are being addressed by representatives from each Winstree Road school later in November at a working group meeting to be chaired by Essex County Council Deputy Leader, Cllr. Kevin Bentley.
A shift towards staggered school hours and additional road safety improvements have not been ruled out at this stage.
Last month, it had been announced by Essex County Council the proposed relocation of the Lexden Springs school would be sited opposite the Stanway School.
The new Fiveways Primary school block is expected to be completed in 2018.