Sign the petition to support expansion of the school without demolition
Last month Tower Hamlets councillors voted to refuse plans for a new four-storey primary school and demolition of the current school. But now council officers are trying to make the councillors reverse their decision when the committee meets again on Thursday 18 April 2013.
The officer’s report for this meeting of the Strategic Development Committee (item 6.1) is now available.
Officers say that the loss of the building would be “outweighed by the substantial public benefit of providing a high quality new three form entry school”. As predicted in the March email, the committee report contains a great deal of further justification for demolition. Both this and the short reason for refusal are designed to change the committee’s March 6 decision to one in favour of the Council’s proposed four-storey primary school, which involves the total demolition of the existing historic school building.
Section 4 of the report includes various representations from the school and others in support of the Council’s proposed four-storey primary school. Including a petition with 236 signatures (with local postcodes). The wording of this petition is not known.
To continue the campaign, a letter to the Mayor and Councillors (with photographs) has been sent. Please read it carefully, as the first part sets out the advantages of the alternative scheme drawn up by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects. The last part explains what happened to the request to register Woolmore School as a Locally Listed building.
It is also hoped to send an email about the officer’s report to the Chair, members and deputies of the Strategic Development Committee. A copy will be sent to you in the next couple of days.
Please re-double your efforts to get many more signatures on our online and/or paper petitions, especially local postcode signatures.
Please also do your best to come along to the public gallery on the 18th to scrutinise the decision-making process and support the refurbishment of the school.
See details of the alternative ideas here that will allow school to be enlarged yet retain the original building
|TO PARENTS, TEACHERS AND GOVERNORS AT WOOLMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL, LBTH EDUCATION, SOCIAL CARE & WELLBEING, CHAIR & MEMBERS OF THE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE|
Tom Ridge (SAVE WOOLMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL)
7 Shepton Houses
London E2 0JN (02008 981 7361)
Lucy Rogers April 15th, 2013
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