Controversial new fence ‘is temporary’

NADV. The new fence around the Grammar School playing field which is causing upset among the residents of West End Avenue. 111109ARpic1.
NADV. The new fence around the Grammar School playing field which is causing upset among the residents of West End Avenue. 111109ARpic1.

A HARROGATE school has reassured its neighbours after concerns were raised about fencing around its grounds.

Residents in West End Avenue complained after a new fence was put up along the back of their gardens in October - but Harrogate Grammar School has this week confirmed it is just a temporary measure.

It is the latest in a series of disagreements between the school and the residents, which saw numerous objections raised when an application was submitted in 2005 to install a wall preventing general access to the school field. There were also complaints two years ago when a footpath between West End Avenue and Arthurs Avenue was closed.

One man, who did not wish to be identified, said: “We have now got four barriers between us and the sports field. This last one is a bit like the Berlin Wall.

“I can understand the school don’t want people walking dogs on the sports field, but we’re getting to the stage where there is more security than round the Houses of Parliament.”

But the school has this week reassured residents the new fence is just a temporary measure following other work at the school.

Deputy headteacher Patrick Horner said: “The reason for the fence is twofold.

“First, it’s to protect the hedge to allow it to grow back after it has been damaged by students and other people who want to walk onto the site to watch football matches. Second, after the AstroTurf was built we’re re-seeding the grass, so it’s to stop anybody walking on the grass.

“By the spring, the hedging and the grass will be improved so the fence can be removed.”