Monday, 24 August 2015

Cabinet approves expansion of Uxendon Manor and Elsley Primary Schools

I was unable to attend the Brent Cabinet Meeting this afternoon as I was travellig back from a long weekend in Bristol. This is the Brent Council website statement on the decisions taken (unfortunately they got the spelling of Elsley wrong!):

Plans to expand two schools in Brent were given the green light at a meeting of Brent Council's cabinet this afternoon (24 August 2015).

Uxendon Manor and Elsey primary schools will be expanded to accept an additional two forms. Uxendon Manor will expand from September 2015 whilst Elsey will begin accepting additional places from September 2016.

The Cabinet also agreed to buy 35 new homes using around £2million of income generated from the Government's Right to Buy scheme. It was decided that the council should seek a partner to build 200 new, affordable homes with the remaining money generated from the scheme.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: "We have today taken some key decisions in-line with our borough plan priorities which are based on what local people told us matter most to them.

"We have approved the expansion of two local schools to meet the increased demand for primary school places.

"We have approved the purchase of 35 new homes and we will build around 200 new homes to ensure local people have somewhere affordable to live."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With regards to Uxendon Manor the consultation process, led by Judith Joseph (Brent's School Place Planning Officer) was absolute farce. It soon became clear to local residents that the decision had already been made and Brent Officers contemptuously indicated that there was no alternative. They just rolled through their legal obligations to consult and rubber stamp the process. They showed complete disregard for residents concerns, that by doubling the intake of the school would have a detrimental impact on the community. It was pointed out that there were also potentially grave health and safety issues associated with the expansion, as the school is sited at the end of very narrow dead end roads, which are already over congested during school runs. This decision is ill thought out and does little for improving community relations and keeping children safe.