A NEW school could be built near a notorious crossroads where traffic congestion is already at breaking point, it has been claimed this week.
two sites on Broadway, Kingstone, have been identified as preferred options for the 900-pupil secondary school, Trinity Academy.
It is due to open in 2021 and has been approved by the Department for Education after a successful bid was made by Halifax-based Trinity Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).
The free faith school will specialise in maths and science, supported by the Church of England Diocese of Leeds, catering for 11 to 16-year-olds.
However, its location has come under the spotlight this week after Lib Dem Coun Peter Fielding, who represents the Dodworth ward, revealed two sites on Broadway are being discussed.
Coun Fielding has called on planners to utilise space closer to the town centre in order to make better use of its transport links.
He added: “I’m told the school will be built on one of two empty sites on Broadway, an area which already has a big school - Horizon - nearby and the ongoing saga affecting Penny Pie Park and the council’s desire to create a new one-way road system very near to where this school would be.
“The school is due to open in 2021 - can you imagine the chaos there would be for traffic in the coming two years when there’s that, Horizon and of course the new road to contend with?
“If Broadway is chosen, there would be a huge public backlash once again as we have seen with Penny Pie Park, not only because it’s not suitable but also there’s the fact that another playing field will be lost.