Illegal Mayespark Primary School building finally moved after year-long battle by residents

The building has been moved to another part of the school site

The building has been moved to another part of the school site - Credit: Archant

The moving of an illegal extension at a school in Goodmayes has been called a “victory” by campaigners.

The extension was built to Mayespark Primary School, Goodmayes Lane in May and in December it was ruled that the building had to be moved.

The building, which was erected without full planning permission, has now been moved to a different area on the school’s grounds.

Vera Wiseman, spokesman for the Seven Kings Bungalow Estate Residents’ Association, said: “We are just delighted. We are just so pleased it was really unexpected that we would win the case.”

Residents and councillors had campaigned for the building, which was just five metres from some residents’ back garden fences, to be moved.

Vera added: “The time is immaterial in a way and the fact that it was moved is quite an achievement for the residents and the association.”

Raj Sanghera of Westrow Gardens, Goodmayes said he was pleased the two storey building, which housed eight classrooms, had been moved as it overlooked his garden.

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He said: “Obviously we are very pleased. I’m thankful for all the help from my neighbours. It took a year but we got what we wanted in the end.”