New school could be on the way

New school could be on the way

New school could be on the way

First published in Echo News by

COUNTY bosses insist a new school for Rayleigh remains an option to cope with an influx of families caused by a massive housebuilding programme.

Campaigners had criticised Essex County Council for apparently calling a halt to plans for a new school, as part of Rochford District Council’s development plan, which is looking to build 2,785 homes by 2021.

Claims had been made saying education bosses had said they would prefer to use existing schools to cater for the increased population.

However, a County Hall spokesman said: “Essex County Council is working very closely with Rochford District Council to ensure the predicted rise in school places is accommodated.

“We will continue to monitor new housing and formulate a strategic plan to increase provision to meet the predicted longer termneed for additional places.

“Options will include school expansion proposals and new provision. The numbers, location and phasing of housing development in the locality will inform the strategic plan to increase school places in Rochford.”

Officials from around the district have urged County Hall to back plans for a new school.

Rayleigh town councillor Bruce Smart said: “Already the fears of many, including myself, are being justified.

“Include the Hullbridge numbers and 1,000 new homes could equate to a minimum 500 to 1,000 extra pupils of school age.

“Where will they be educated? A new school should be built on the new development. Not to do so is short sighted.”

Rochford Council said it still wants to see a new school built, but will continue consulting with the county council.

A spokeswoman said: “Our plans regarding schools within the development plan have not changed, but any final decision will be made alongside Essex County Council as it is the authority in charge of education locally.”

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10:15am Sun 1 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Needs must, though nowhere near the Mount, it's a listed place...
Needs must, though nowhere near the Mount, it's a listed place... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 4

10:33am Sun 1 Jun 14

heartbeat says...

How much worse can Rayleigh's traffic jams possibly get with all the increased school runs I wonder!!
How much worse can Rayleigh's traffic jams possibly get with all the increased school runs I wonder!! heartbeat
  • Score: 6

10:56am Sun 1 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

heartbeat wrote:
How much worse can Rayleigh's traffic jams possibly get with all the increased school runs I wonder!!
Maybd they're going to build it slap bang in the middle of all those new houses and have footpaths and cycle paths leading to it so the kids can walk or cycle safely to school without having to jump in the car for the few minute journey...
[quote][p][bold]heartbeat[/bold] wrote: How much worse can Rayleigh's traffic jams possibly get with all the increased school runs I wonder!![/p][/quote]Maybd they're going to build it slap bang in the middle of all those new houses and have footpaths and cycle paths leading to it so the kids can walk or cycle safely to school without having to jump in the car for the few minute journey... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

11:02am Sun 1 Jun 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Simple solution. Caravans
Simple solution. Caravans Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: -1

12:28pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Rachie says...

Oh lets think..... re-jig the catchment areas, expand and rebuild The Deanes AS PLANNED and Voila! Lots of school places ready and waiting.

Oh and those numbers.... apparently they're 'negligible' according to ECC when looking into pupil numbers for the future.
Oh lets think..... re-jig the catchment areas, expand and rebuild The Deanes AS PLANNED and Voila! Lots of school places ready and waiting. Oh and those numbers.... apparently they're 'negligible' according to ECC when looking into pupil numbers for the future. Rachie
  • Score: 7

1:39pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

How many new schools will have to be built in the Basildon/Billericay/
Wickford area when the sixteen thousand homes we are told MUST be built are completed?

Let alone all the added doctor's and dentist's surgeries and infrastructure especially in poor old Billericay where their already allegedly creaky and supposedly inadequate infrastructure can't handle a few hundred extra houses according to the poor downtrodden inhabitants.....
How many new schools will have to be built in the Basildon/Billericay/ Wickford area when the sixteen thousand homes we are told MUST be built are completed? Let alone all the added doctor's and dentist's surgeries and infrastructure especially in poor old Billericay where their already allegedly creaky and supposedly inadequate infrastructure can't handle a few hundred extra houses according to the poor downtrodden inhabitants..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

11:02pm Sun 1 Jun 14

woolstone says...

Whatever the council has promised us when these new house are built we will be lucky if they keep half their promises, sorry they just cannot be trusted with their promises.
Whatever the council has promised us when these new house are built we will be lucky if they keep half their promises, sorry they just cannot be trusted with their promises. woolstone
  • Score: 3

8:21am Mon 2 Jun 14

buster1000001 says...

Maybe they the council shouldn't have been greedy and sold the land that Park School was on. Park School had fantastic facilities and was built from new and then demolished after only being there for 10 YEARS!!
Maybe they the council shouldn't have been greedy and sold the land that Park School was on. Park School had fantastic facilities and was built from new and then demolished after only being there for 10 YEARS!! buster1000001
  • Score: 2

8:21am Mon 2 Jun 14

buster1000001 says...

Maybe they the council shouldn't have been greedy and sold the land that Park School was on. Park School had fantastic facilities and was built from new and then demolished after only being there for 10 YEARS!!
Maybe they the council shouldn't have been greedy and sold the land that Park School was on. Park School had fantastic facilities and was built from new and then demolished after only being there for 10 YEARS!! buster1000001
  • Score: 0

3:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Could be built? SHOULD BE, more like! County council bosses seem incapable of planning ahead. Open Park School, then close it so they sell the land for houses! The new junior school there was to replace St Nicholas, Rawreth, so not a new school to cope with increased numbers.
They would have closed Deanes if they had had their way!
And merging Glebe infant & juniors could easily restrict growth.
Could be built? SHOULD BE, more like! County council bosses seem incapable of planning ahead. Open Park School, then close it so they sell the land for houses! The new junior school there was to replace St Nicholas, Rawreth, so not a new school to cope with increased numbers. They would have closed Deanes if they had had their way! And merging Glebe infant & juniors could easily restrict growth. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 2

3:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

rayleigh123 says...

DEANES SCHOOL - Why was there so much twoddle about closing the Deanes school ????????????????????

In the next breadth the council says we need NEW schools.

Where is the joined up THINKING ??????????????

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DEANES SCHOOL - Why was there so much twoddle about closing the Deanes school ???????????????????? In the next breadth the council says we need NEW schools. Where is the joined up THINKING ?????????????? . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 1

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