Pupils of Ilford’s new academy school can use extra entrance despite petition from 1,600

Proposals to create additional restricted pedestrian access to Isaac Newton Academy from Green Lane, Ilford, have been approved.

The application will allow a section of the Noori Foods car park to be used to increase entrance options to the school, due to open in September.

Three separate petitions were filed in opposition to the application with 1,675 signatures.

Those who objected claimed the car park would become too narrow, meaning that vehicles would have to reverse from it rather than complete a three-point turn.

But Redbridge Council’s regulatory committee gave the plans the green light last week.

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Committee chairman Cllr Richard Hoskins said: “We considered the application and decided that we wanted the access to be open permanently throughout the school day rather than just to access the playing fields.

“We requested the council speak to Transport for London about a lights crossing so pupils can cross safely rather than walk all the way around.”

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