Search

Wanstead pool: Mother asks council not to demolish asbestos classroom during term time

PUBLISHED: 12:33 01 November 2018

A building needs to be demolished for the Wanstead pool to go ahead. Picture: Google Maps

A building needs to be demolished for the Wanstead pool to go ahead. Picture: Google Maps

Archant

An asbestos-ridden 1960s school building needs to be demolished to make way for the new Wanstead swimming pool.

Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal were previouslt unveiled at Wanstead Library. Cllr Paul Donovan, resident Carol Pearce and Senior Project Manager Yasmin Thurgood speak about them.Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal were previouslt unveiled at Wanstead Library. Cllr Paul Donovan, resident Carol Pearce and Senior Project Manager Yasmin Thurgood speak about them.

The London Borough of Redbridge submitted a planning application to tear down a block at Wanstead High School, Redbridge Lane West, and erect a three-storey block with a basement, containing a pool, dance studio, new kitchen and a classroom.

Mother, Liz Canavan, asked the council not to tear down the block during school opening hours as it is “metres” from where her children and other pupils would be learning.

Speaking at a Redbridge Council planning meeting on October 31, she said: “I am not opposed to this application but I think stringent conditions should be attached.

“The 1960s building will have a significant asbestos content and demolition should be held when children are not a school.

“Having three children at the school while this is going on is incredibly stressful.”

A council officer said her comments were not a matter for the planning committee and would be better suited at a building regulations meeting.

“We have a construction demolition plan which mitigates management of dust on site,” she said.

“With these conditions in place, this will help safeguard.”

In a letter seen by the Recorder, council leader, Councillor Jas Athwal, wrote to Mrs Canavan prior to the meeting to put her “mind at ease”.

“As a matter of course, demolition works take place out of hours and that is especially relevant in a school environment,” he said.

“All tendering contractors provide a detailed method statement outlining how they intend to undertake the works and these are assessed against rigorous statutory and environmental criteria.

“In summary, whilst there is an obligation for planning colleagues to include conditions for managing demolition work and the potential for disruption on the school and residents, from a health and safety perspective that will already be addressed before any works commence

“The school and leisure centre will also receive copies of these beforehand to allay any concerns.”

Questions about the running cost of the pool were also raised.

A council worker explained that due to the size of the pool the monetary outlay should be manageable.

“It has a depth of 0.9metres to 1.5metres and Sports England class it as a community pool,” she said.

“It has significantly lower running costs.”

Nine councillors approved the demolition and one councillor abstained as he had publicly campaigned for the pool to be built.

Latest Ilford Stories

18:00

Gallagher, the proud title partner of Premiership Rugby, has launched a nationwide competition for community rugby clubs to win a training session coached by their local Gallagher Premiership Rugby club.

17:25

It’s official - a planning application to demolish the former Bodgers site has been received by Redbridge Council.

17:00

Essex club have performed well in previous games this term against teams near the top

Woodford Town will take their growing following to Walthamstow on Saturday eager to win two battles

15:00

Herons were without a game last Saturday owing to break in league fixtures

14:00

Romford director of football Alex Goldstone is hoping his new role as manager of Barkingside can be beneficial to both parties.

Neighbours left fuming after the council asked them to fork out £20,000 for planned repairs by 2023 could see their bills halved.

The O’s legend explained how he got involved in ‘The Greater Game’ and praised the club bringing out the commemorative kit

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now