Council leader takes delivery of letters written by school children
The Leader of Wakefield Council has taken delivery of 272 letters, written by almost every pupil at Altofts Junior School, objecting to the planning application to extend Rudd Quarry in Normanton.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, who is also Ward Councillor for Altofts and Whitwood said: "When you see the quality of the children's letters and the emotion they express, you cannot doubt the negative impact this proposed extension will have on the local community and the lives of those who live here – particularly our children.
"I have already objected to the planning application, and give the children, the school and local residents my full support in fighting this."
Cllr Box is hoping to attend the planning committee to make a personal representation in his capacity as a Ward Councillor.
The children were made aware of the planning application after the Assistant Headteacher, Fiona Blackstone, led an assembly to raise awareness of what was being proposed and discussed the impact it could have on the school, the local environment and the health and well-being implications.
Assistant Headteacher at Altofts Junior School, Fiona Blackstone, (pictured right) said: "We always try to use real-life examples to give the children an opportunity to learn about the world around them, as it helps if they can relate to the topic.
"The energy and passion they have shown for this issue has been unprecedented and we are very proud of what they have done. The letters show real understanding of the impact this will have on our school and the community many of them live in.
"The children were delighted that the Leader of the Council took delivery of their letters and that he supports their concerns."
The letters have now been passed to the planning office and will be considered as part of the standard planning application process.
A date has not yet been set for the application to go to the planning committee but it is expected to be considered in the next couple of months.
Following some technical difficulties with the Council's planning portal last week, the Service Director for Planning Transportation and Highways has confirmed that the deadline for contributor comments has been extended and it will continue to consider written submissions until a deadline for a meeting has been set.