Carmeggedon? Councillor sets record straight on Holy Cross expansion plans

Education: Secondary / Wed 16th Jul 2014 at 11:40am

BUSH FAIR councillor, Ian Beckett has set the record straight on expansion plans for Holy Cross school in Traceyes Road.

Cllr Beckett said: “On 25th May 2014 I issued a press release expressing my concerns about Holy Cross RC Primary School’s expansion plans.

“In that press release I stated “Let me make this clear. I am well aware of the need in Harlow for more primary school places to meet the needs of our young people and their parents and see no reason why Holy Cross should not consider expansion”. Despite this statement some people have taken my communication as a criticism of Holy Cross and this is not the case.

“I reflected concerns of local residents that the roads infrastructure and specifically parking provision does not currently exist to support such a development and the increased demands are not catered for in the plans. I made it clear that my criticisms were levied towards Essex County Council for failure to consult adequately and for dismissing the concerns – in the words of Cllr Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning (on 22/05/14) “We do not have a policy on the requirements for drop off and pick up for parents where an existing school is expanded. However, the application will be considered by the development and regulation committee of ECC next week, with a recommendation to approve.”

Holy Cross RC Primary School have during this processes done everything within their power to consult with the local community and now that the expansion plans have been approved are keen to continue to see that the school’s growth does not adversely impact upon the local neighbourhood.

“I have met with the Headteacher Miss Sue McGuiggan and the Chair of the Board of Governors Mr Nigel Long and begun to discuss the travel plans and alternative parking arrangements that Holy Cross wish to pursue to minimise any impact. I have made it clear that as local ward Councillor I will support the school as this development progresses. Meeting the (often conflicting), needs of Harlow people is a delicate balance act. However, I truly believe that by working together, listening and learning we maximise the chance of the best possible outcome.

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