103 objections to Hymers College plans: At least 13 trees would be felled in Hull's Sunnybank
RESIDENTS say a new entrance at a Hull school will have damaging consequences on the local environment.
Hymers College wants to relocate its entrance to improve traffic flow in the streets surrounding the school when parents drop off and pick up their children.
But it would require the felling of at least 13 trees along Sunny Bank, and possibly up to 17.
Residents are also concerned about relocating traffic down Brandsburton Street, which is a small road connecting Spring Bank West and Sunny Bank.
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Residents have lodged objections with Hull City Council as well as raised their concerns with governors of the fee-paying school.
In a letter to the governing body, Steve Clark, secretary of the Hymers and Sunny Bank Residents Association, said: "The college is proposing to spend around £200,000 on this scheme, which will have little, if any effect on the traffic which uses the roads around the college and will result in the destruction of many trees, including one particularly magnificent horse chestnut directly opposite Brandsburton Street.
"The removal of the horse- chestnut in particular, will irrevocably disrupt the existing canopy in such a way as to change forever the visual amenity and ecological balance of the area."
Hull City Council has received 103 objections to the scheme, with 57 of those from local residents.
Hull North MP Diana Johnson is also opposed to the plans.
She said: "I know many of my constituents who live near Hymers College are opposed to this planning application.
"They have raised serious concerns about the impact it will have on the local environment.
"The Urban Forestry Commissioner for Hull City Council has recommended the application be refused due to the ecological damage that would be caused by removing 13 mature trees.
"Concerns have been raised about the impact of increased traffic in Brandsburton Street and Sunny Bank.
"I hope the council planning committee will consider all the points raised by local residents."
David Elstone, head at Hymers College, said: "The school has, for some time, been concerned about the traffic issues in the local area and is confident the new scheme will dramatically improve the traffic management, as well as improving safety and convenience for pupils and parents.
"We have consulted with local residents and have attempted to address any concerns. We want to ensure there will be a long-term improvement to the environment, and we are therefore committed to re-planting three times the number of trees that are lost."
The plans go before the committee tomorrow.