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Radio mast plan at Burnley nursery school
A TEN metre high radio mast could be erected at a nursery school in a bid to improve the broadband reception.
Plans for the mast, at Rosegrove Nursery School, in Havelock Street, will go before Lancashire County Council’s development control committee tomorrow.
It is hoped that an improved broadband signal would allow more online teaching resources to be accessed at the school.
Stephen Bergus, of the environment directorate at the county council, said: “Planning permission is sought for the erection of a mast and antenna receiver to enable the delivery of higher quality broadband services to Rosegrove Nursery School.
“The school currently suffers poor broadband reception and improved signal quality would allow the delivery of parts of the school curriculum through Cumbria and Lancashire Education Online (CLEO).
“CLEO provides a range of internet based teaching resources to support pupils and teachers and to provide a higher standard of education at schools.”
One objection to the proposal had been received with concerns about the health impacts of the mast, but these have been played down by the county council.
In recommending the plans for approval, Mr Bergus said: “The mast and receiver would offer educational benefits to Rosegrove Nursery School.”
The school for three to four-year-olds has a roll of 70 pupils on a part-time basis.
It also includes Pippins, a private, self-financing group, which aims to compliment and extend the hours offered.
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