by Cllr Darren Fower on 17 May, 2017
At a meeting of the Council’s Children and Education Scrutiny Committee, on which I sit on as the Lib Dem rep, we were told that, the new secondary schools at Hampton Gardens and Paston Reserve “…would provide a buffer to the additional capacity required in the City.”
The report also stated that, there “.. is currently a shortage of school places in Peterborough.”
You may remember that the Tories at the Town Hall chose to close schools like John Mansfield and Bretton Woods in 2002, despite warnings from councillors at the time!
Put simply, I think this is Council phraseology to say, when it comes to school places in the city, we are up a certain creek without the required paddle!
The Tories are looking for any excuse to try and justify their terrible decision to close secondary schools in Peterborough over a decade ago.
It seems that no planning was done, no one envisaged an increase in the population, or the need to have sufficient school places, despite some at the Council crowing about “growing the right way!”
The biggest worry of course is the impact this has had on several generations and how it will affect pupils in Peterborough over the coming years.
Interestingly at the same meeting, the Tory leader of the Council tried to say that the decision to close secondary schools such as John Mansfield and Bretton Woods taken in 2002, was due to a Government directive and enabled the local authority to bid for money to improve existing school buildings – That’s a new excuse for me regarding the derisory decision!
Given the problems with parking at these two schools already, I suspect nearby residents will be concerned about any possible increase in pupil numbers?