Approval needed for controversial Bournemouth primary school’s £6.7m funding

Bournemouth Echo: PLACES: An artist’s impression of Avonwood Primary PLACES: An artist’s impression of Avonwood Primary

COUNCILLORS will be asked to approve £6.7 million funding for a controversial new primary school in Bournemouth.

Cabinet members will be urged to give the go-ahead to Avonwood primary when they meet on Wednesday December 18.

The 420-place school will be built on the site of Avonbourne and Harewood Colleges in Harewood Avenue, Boscombe East if it is approved.

Neighbours have complained that it will be too close to their homes and will cause traffic problems in an already-congested area.

The new primary school would open initially in 2014 with 60 reception class places and 28 nursery places.

Cllr Nicola Greene, pictured right, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, said: “We are experiencing an increasing demand for primary school places across the borough. At the same time we have a legal duty to provide enough school places and so this presents us with a huge challenge.

“We are working closely with the school to help develop the detailed plans for the new school site.

“The proposals are still subject to planning permission and I would encourage local residents to view the plans and take the opportunity to give their feedback through the usual planning process.”

Executive headteacher of Avonbourne Trust, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “We are very excited about our plans to provide much needed primary school places for our local children.

“We are currently consulting people on the proposals for the new building and would very much welcome the views of the community before we submit a planning application in February next year.

“Subject to planning permission, building would commence in the summer, with the new building open by Easter 2015.

“A planning application for a temporary building will be submitted shortly to enable us to provide education facilities for our first intake of reception and nursery children next September.”

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6:38am Fri 13 Dec 13

Moro99 says...

There is so much scope for cycle routes to all the 4 secondary schools in this area. So many children are taken by car who live very near. The routes need to be planned and made fully safe, then instead of children having to apply for passes to cycle, they should have to apply for a pass to be driven.
There is so much scope for cycle routes to all the 4 secondary schools in this area. So many children are taken by car who live very near. The routes need to be planned and made fully safe, then instead of children having to apply for passes to cycle, they should have to apply for a pass to be driven. Moro99

7:49am Fri 13 Dec 13

wonderway says...

ok build schools

decent theacher the next problem

as ofsted

we will see
ok build schools decent theacher the next problem as ofsted we will see wonderway

10:02am Fri 13 Dec 13

High Treason says...

Debbie Godfrey-Phaure. The name alone is enough to make you wary of the reasoning for the planning.
Debbie Godfrey-Phaure. The name alone is enough to make you wary of the reasoning for the planning. High Treason

6:06am Sat 14 Dec 13

retry69 says...

"Cllr Nicola Greene pictured right" which is a lady posing and wearing reindeer antlers on my screen,says it all really :).
"Cllr Nicola Greene pictured right" which is a lady posing and wearing reindeer antlers on my screen,says it all really :). retry69

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