Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Monday 7th June 2010 7.30pm

The Executive

The most noteworthy items on the agenda were the proposed primary school expansion programme and two items relating to the construction of Stanley Park High School.

The primary school expansion programme proposed opening three new reception classes for the September 2010 intake to deal with the increased demand for places this year. There had been consultation on a number of schools to provide additional classes in 2011, and Hackbridge Primary, Barrow Hedges and Brookfield had been identified as having capacity and a willingness from their headteachers to be able to provide facilities in the current year as urgency required. Schools able to offer capacity in 2011 were Beddington Park Primary, Devonshire Primary, Dorchester Primary & Muschamp Primary.

There had been public consultation on the proposals with objections received only in respect of the expansion of Barrow Hedges. Parents from Barrow Hedges attended the meeting to outline their objections which focussed largely on traffic issues. The headteacher and chair of governors spoke of the benefits they felt the expansion would bring to the school. Executive members stated their appreciation of the concerns about increased traffic, which is proving to be a problem at many of our primary schools. However it was considered that the increased catchment area would not be significant in terms of increasing the need for parents to drive their children to school, and mitigating measures could be taken to improve the road safety around the school. Bearing in mind the number of children due to enter reception in September 2010 without an allocated place it was felt that all three schools should have an extra class for this year and the expansion of the other identified schools be progressed for 2011.

The Executive also agreed at this meeting to make a compulsory purchase order to purchase the land required for the access road to the new Stanley Park High School as no agreement had been able to be reached with the owners of the land in question. It was also agreed that construction work could begin on the new school.

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June 20, 2010 - Posted by | Meeting

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