New shops for Kingsway - 'now give us a secondary school', residents say
By The Citizen | Thursday, September 05, 2013, 06:00
PARENTS in Kingsway have called for a new secondary school
The area's burgeoning population, set to grow by thousands more now work has begun on another 1,100 homes, is "crying out" for a school and doctor's surgery, according to residents.
It comes as a shopping boost was announced for Kingsway with permission given for 11 new shop units.
The new units, which will sit alongside Tesco Express and the current shops, were approvesd by Gloucester city councillors at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday evening.
Mum-of-two Sandy Mitchell, of Boddington Drive, said: "These shops are going to be brilliant. We've been here for four years and with all the houses on the estate it is crying out for this.
"When Tesco arrived people were raving about it because it was long overdue.
"But what we also need now is a doctor's surgery, a dentist and a secondary school – that will really be perfect for our community."
County councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) said: "There is a desperate need for a secondary school on the estate and this is something I want to see brought forward in the next 12 months because we don't want to store up a problem for the future.
"There has been a huge influx of primary school children into the area and the existing secondary schools will not be able to cope with the demand when they are ready to move up."
Kingsway will soon boast 3,300 family homes, up from its current 2,200, a new Asda supermarket in October and a new community centre by next May.
The new Waterwells Academy Primary School has also opened its doors.
Coun Fred Wood (C, Quedgeley Fieldcourt), speaking at the planning meeting, said: "Kingsway wants and needs these new units. It is a vibrant, growing community that has only recently started to enjoy amenities set out in the design all those years ago. There is still more to do."
And Coun Andy Lewis (C, Quedgeley Severnvale) said: "This is another part of the jigsaw that is the ongoing saga of Kingsway."
Calls for a takeaway to be among the new units have also been made, although possible retailers for each of the units are yet to be revealed. They will each enjoy up to 93sq m of retail space.
A third phase of development is planned for the site, off Thatcham Avenue. It will comprise of two extra units with outdoor seating areas – perhaps bringing a touch of al fresco dining to the estate.
The design of the units has swung from dull to being "interesting" after city planners persuading architects to change their scheme.