Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Recorder

On sale September 4

Rainham school’s expansion a ‘rash decision to meet targets’

17:00 03 July 2014

Parents have been granted a reprieve on a school expansion that they say will reduce facilities and potentially endanger children.

Plans to almost double the size of Parsonage Farm Primary School, in Rainham, have been sent back to Havering Council’s cabinet to be reconsidered after they were called in by two opposition councillors.

At a meeting of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee last week, parents argued the plans were unsuitable.

Claire Smith, who has two children at the school, said: “We feel that this expansion is a rash decision to meet targets that has not considered the full impact on the pupils and the local area.”

During a consultation period 66 objections were received. Concerns raised include road safety, the space and facilities at the school and the effect of rapid expansion on its ethos.

Parents’ concerns were reiterated by Independent Residents’ Group member Cllr David Durant. He called on the council to consider alternatives to the creation of a “super-size” primary.

The planned expansion, which would see the school increase its 486 places to 840 from September 2015, is part of a borough-wide policy to increase capacity for primary-age pupils.

Decisions about three of the nine schools planned for expansion have been referred back to the council – Parsonage Farm, Scotts, in Hornchurch, and The RJ Mitchell Primary School, also in Hornchurch.

Cllr Meg Davis, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “We believe our primary school expansion plans are robust and were put in place to help us ensure we can provide enough school places for local children, where they are most needed.

“But, following the decision of the overview and scrutiny committee regarding expansions at three schools, the plans will be going back to the cabinet for further consideration.”

Those campaigning to have the decision reconsidered have said they will now approach councillors and MPs in a bid to reiterate their concerns.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 10:27
The cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside Theatre

The energy and soaring vocals of some of our best-loved musicals were strikingly recreated at a charity concert.

Yesterday, 09:33
C2C rain at Fenhcurch Street

Train operator c2c has remained the most punctual in the UK, according to latest Network Rail figures.

Yesterday, 07:01
Alan Steward and Dr Ed Diggines talking about the vanguard project. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Listening to Alan Steward and Dr Ed Diggines speak, it’s clear they are excited – and very proud – about Havering being chosen for one of eight “vanguard” projects across the country.

Wed, 16:23
The Old Bailey

An heir to a multi-million pound nightclub empire unleashed a “barrage of abuse” at his alcoholic father and stabbed him to death as the family fortunes teetered on the brink of collapse, a court heard.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder