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Motion to create primary school places in South Woodford thrown out

PUBLISHED: 14:13 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:13 23 May 2016

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins

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The council has rejected a motion to create 100 primary school places in the borough.

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins, (Lib Dem, Roding), proposed the motion at Thursday’s full council meeting to create places in South Woodford following concerns raised by parents and fears over a rising population in the area.

“Churchfields School is the only school in Church End ward,” she said, speaking at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford.

“Children in this area can be sent to school as far as Barkingside.”

Supporting Cllr Deakins, Cllr Tom McLaren (Con, Church End) said the council was “letting down parents in our area”.

“I speak to parents on a regular basis and I completely support the motion,” he said.

The recommendation comes after Churchfields School in Churchfields and nearby Oakdale School in Oakdale Road were deemed unsuitable for expansion.

Cllr Elaine Norman (Lab, Newbury), cabinet member for children and young people, said the authority had already spent £88million on school places and that it had created 13,000 places since 2007.


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