Revised plans for the use of a temporary site for Christ Church school have been approved by local Councillors at a special Neighbourhood planning meeting.
Ward Councillors had endorsed the urgency of finding a temporary site for Christ Church Junior School, but the rushed proposal from the RBK Education Department had not addressed child safety issues to their satisfaction. Funnelling an extra 250 children, parents, scooters and bicycles into the narrow entrance of Corpus Christi School was a real issue, and also the RBK had not released its appraisal of other sites before bringing the Planning Application before the committee.
In the weeks following the first application, Councillors, Head Teachers and parents of both Schools, local residents and the Department worked hard to come up with access and travels plans that reduced the risk. Councillor Adrian Holder notes:-
The whole process has galvanised the local community into working more closely together and bodes well for the future. All parties have agreed to have a better consultation process, with representatives from each group meeting throughout the year. The delay in making the decision has led to a better solution and none of the deadlines set for the temporary build and decant have been missed.
The temporary school should be ready for occupation by the end of August this year. Local Councillors will be keeping the pressure up on our Education and Planning Departments to ensure that the rebuild of Christ Church School on its existing site is completed ready for occupation in September 2013.
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