Parents of pupils at a school less than half a mile from the site of a proposed service area at J20 of the M25 say they are very concerned for their children’s health and safety.
Yvonne Stanley’s son attends St Paul’s School, Langleybury. She said everyone is concerned for the future if the Moto service area is granted planning permission.
It could take up to three years to build. Three Rivers District Council’s planning committee will examine the application in July.
She explained: “The school run is already a busy time of the day, particularly trying to find a parking space near to the school gates. We are really concerned that the extra traffic caused by this development will mean more pollution and parking problems – as there is already limited parking available and when the children are crossing the road to get to and from school and to the church it will be more dangerous.”
Children could suffer a variety of health problems because of high levels of poor air quality caused by diesel fumes from the expected increase in traffic.
Exposure to high levels can cause eye irritation, respiratory tract problems, dizziness, headaches or nausea and further longer-term damage for school-age children.
Sarah Hayes’s daughter is a St Paul’s pupil and said school life will be disrupted when construction begins.
Sarah explained: “We are really concerned that when the lorries are using the stretch of the A41 from Junction 20 to 19 to turn around, they will reach the limit of miles they are allowed to drive without stopping to rest. This means they will have to use the limited parking near the school to take a break and we won’t be able to drop off and collect our children safely.”
“We are also concerned about the increase in litter created by the various takeaway shops and restaurant planned on this development, which is already a big problem across Watford. We don’t want the school and its surrounding area to be covered with litter as this is not a good example for the children.”
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