RESIDENTS living near the new Greasley Beuavale Primary School said they disagreed that the noise of schoolchildren playing outside was a problem.
Following the revelations last week that Broxtowe Borough Council was considering monitoring noise at the Newthorpe school after a spate of complaints, the Advertiser went to ask residents living nearby if the noise was an issue.
The residents in Greasley Avenue we spoke to said the noise was not a problem, however they revealed their frustration at the loss of value to their homes caused by the ‘eyesore’ of the new-build.
They now want the council to plant trees to block their view and put yellow lines on the road so they can get out of their driveways hassle-free.
Margaret Jones said: “The parking is a nightmare. You have to go into the school to ask them to move.
“It’s a very narrow road so people parking on the left means we can’t get our cars out.
“The look of it is awful. The colour is intrusive. If it would have been beige or grey or green it would have blended in,” she added.
One resident who lives round the corner and did not want to be named said: “It’s the sight of it. There was no need to build it like that. It’s an eyesore.”
“The council told us they have no money to buy trees and we’ve got to buy our own. It’s ridiculous.
“I know people say we need schools, but this house was our pension. No-one will buy it now, I can’t imagine how much value it’s lost.”
The new school building replaced the old junior school site building on the same plot of land. However the building used to be further away from the Greasley Avenue properties, with the playground nearer to them, which they said they did not mind.
“If they had built it in the same place we would have had no reason to complain,” said Mrs Jones.
“I don’t have a problem with the noise of the kids. I have lived here for years and my kids went to that school.
“Before the new building went up, the playground used to back straight onto my driveway. It doesn’t bother me at all. I actually loved the noise of the kids all day.”
Ian Parker, the council’s district highways manager for Broxtowe, said he was happy to meet with the residents to discuss the issue about the yellow lines.
Patrick Robinson from the council’s property services said trees have already been planted around the site, although the residents argue they are not big enough.