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Fuming headteacher hits back at Lib Dem leader in parking row
A FUMING headteacher has blasted the leader of Wycombe Liberal Democrats for "farcical" accusations the school are bad neighbours.
Ali Khan, head at Crown House Preparatory School in London Road, was left raging after comments by Councillor Trevor Snaith who attacked the school over parking problems.
The school is set to move in to Bassetsbury Manor, which it bought for £1m, from Wycombe District Council in 2009, after plans for an extension were approved.
The Lib Dem had urged the ruling planning committee to reject the proposal, accusing the school of being unneighbourly and suggesting parking problems would be worsened.
But his impassioned attack was deemed unfair by Mr Khan.
He told the BFP: "I can't understand how somebody with his position can make comments like that.
“We didn't get a chance to speak (at the meeting) because nobody made official projections in writing.
“Yet he was able to give his to two penneth worth and stand up and say whatever he liked.”
Mr Khan, who has been headteacher for eight years, said: "I would like a response from him as to why he's made those comments, if the comments are true why hasn't he bothered to raise them with the school?
"It was especially the way he delivered them came across as being so angry and incensed, he has made all these comments about the school he knows nothing about it. It was just farcical.”
He claimed Cllr Snaith had never visited the school despite invitations.
He emphasised the school will not have a larger number of pupils, it is merely moving to have more space.
Although he labelled Cllr Snaith's comments 'nonsensical' he conceded there are issues with the number of cars parked around the school.
“All schools have problem with parking, you always have a problem,” he said.
The war of words could set to continue, however, with Cllr Snaith standing by his comments.
"I wouldn't have said its if it wasn't true,” he said.
“It has been a neighbourhood action group issue for some time, they've had some problems with roads that have been blocked on numerous occasions because of the school pickup.
“The problem was well-known, I believe the NAG has raised it with him before, that was the reason for the comment I made about not being a good neighbour.”
Cllr Snaith believes the school needs to create a travel plan.
He added: “I have never been invited to the school before.”