Centre set to house school

This Is Wiltshire: Blunsdon Parish Council chairman Ian Jankinson has welcomed news that a community centre will be built in Redhouse to temporarily house pupils before a new primary school is ready Blunsdon Parish Council chairman Ian Jankinson has welcomed news that a community centre will be built in Redhouse to temporarily house pupils before a new primary school is ready

NEWS that a community centre in Redhouse it set to be constructed to house a primary school has been broadly welcomed by the parish council.

A new primary school is being built at Tadpole Farm in North Swindon but following the heavy rains of the winter months, an access road to the site could not be constructed.

Due to the urgent need for primary school places, the council earlier this week announced they were going to build a community centre in Redhouse which will house the pupils until the original site is ready, which is expected to be January 2015.

Blunsdon Parish Council have said this is a good thing for the area and are pleased the centre will be built.

Chairman Ian Jankinson said: “We fully understand the need for school places in North Swindon so it is good there will be places available for the children to go.

“I am also pleased as it means the community centre will definitely get built which is what Redhouse really needs.

“It had been agreed with the council so we knew there would be one coming but it is good to have the confirmation.

“It is good there has been a commitment from the council to ensure it will be run by and for the community once the school have vacated.”

The main concern, which has also been raised by ward councillors, is a shortage of car parking spaces in an area which is notorious for parking problems.

The community centre will have approximately 25 spaces but with the roads in Redhouse already packed with cars, the addition of a school, even in the short term, may cause problems.

Mr Jankinson said: “With the car park at Isambard School being located where it is, many of the teachers park along Isambard Way.

“On top of the parking from people using the Redhouse Village Centre, the addition of the children on staff could create all sorts of added problems which need to be addressed.”

Council leader David Renard said while there may be issues, it will only be in the short term and hopefully with the location of the school, many people will walk.

He said: “Unfortunately this is an issue we have around many schools and it may be something we have to deal with while the school is being built.

“It will only be for seven to nine months for what I think will be for a maximum of 40 students, many of whom will walk into school.”

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10:54am Tue 25 Mar 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Something doesn't add up there. If the children are expected to stay there for 7-9 months that suggests building is delayed by 7-9 months surely?

Given that they only started thinking about building the access road in January, they can't possibly be 7-9 months delayed already can they?
Something doesn't add up there. If the children are expected to stay there for 7-9 months that suggests building is delayed by 7-9 months surely? Given that they only started thinking about building the access road in January, they can't possibly be 7-9 months delayed already can they? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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12:18pm Tue 25 Mar 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

This whole situation is ridiculous and shows just what a joke the council is.

Certain Councillors negotiated with Crest to get the school built by September and gave a number of concessions on that basis. Now Crest have once again failed in their obligations and the council have no recourse.

Anyone noticed yet that the Northern access road from which all the development traffic was supposed to go hasn't even been planned out yet. Now that the council allowed them to use Tadpole Lane, they are in no hurry to spend their money on infrastructure.

Does anyone have any confidence that the community center will be built and be usable within 5 months? The school year starts in September, so why the issue should be 7 to 9 months just goes to show that Renard is clueless.
This whole situation is ridiculous and shows just what a joke the council is. Certain Councillors negotiated with Crest to get the school built by September and gave a number of concessions on that basis. Now Crest have once again failed in their obligations and the council have no recourse. Anyone noticed yet that the Northern access road from which all the development traffic was supposed to go hasn't even been planned out yet. Now that the council allowed them to use Tadpole Lane, they are in no hurry to spend their money on infrastructure. Does anyone have any confidence that the community center will be built and be usable within 5 months? The school year starts in September, so why the issue should be 7 to 9 months just goes to show that Renard is clueless. LordAshOfTheBrake
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1:11pm Tue 25 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
This whole situation is ridiculous and shows just what a joke the council is.

Certain Councillors negotiated with Crest to get the school built by September and gave a number of concessions on that basis. Now Crest have once again failed in their obligations and the council have no recourse.

Anyone noticed yet that the Northern access road from which all the development traffic was supposed to go hasn't even been planned out yet. Now that the council allowed them to use Tadpole Lane, they are in no hurry to spend their money on infrastructure.

Does anyone have any confidence that the community center will be built and be usable within 5 months? The school year starts in September, so why the issue should be 7 to 9 months just goes to show that Renard is clueless.
Anyone who has ever met the man knows he is clueless already!
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: This whole situation is ridiculous and shows just what a joke the council is. Certain Councillors negotiated with Crest to get the school built by September and gave a number of concessions on that basis. Now Crest have once again failed in their obligations and the council have no recourse. Anyone noticed yet that the Northern access road from which all the development traffic was supposed to go hasn't even been planned out yet. Now that the council allowed them to use Tadpole Lane, they are in no hurry to spend their money on infrastructure. Does anyone have any confidence that the community center will be built and be usable within 5 months? The school year starts in September, so why the issue should be 7 to 9 months just goes to show that Renard is clueless.[/p][/quote]Anyone who has ever met the man knows he is clueless already! house on the hill
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7:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
This whole situation is ridiculous and shows just what a joke the council is.

Certain Councillors negotiated with Crest to get the school built by September and gave a number of concessions on that basis. Now Crest have once again failed in their obligations and the council have no recourse.

Anyone noticed yet that the Northern access road from which all the development traffic was supposed to go hasn't even been planned out yet. Now that the council allowed them to use Tadpole Lane, they are in no hurry to spend their money on infrastructure.

Does anyone have any confidence that the community center will be built and be usable within 5 months? The school year starts in September, so why the issue should be 7 to 9 months just goes to show that Renard is clueless.
Oooo......

Lots of down voting for speaking the truth. Shame those doing so can't refute my statements...!
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: This whole situation is ridiculous and shows just what a joke the council is. Certain Councillors negotiated with Crest to get the school built by September and gave a number of concessions on that basis. Now Crest have once again failed in their obligations and the council have no recourse. Anyone noticed yet that the Northern access road from which all the development traffic was supposed to go hasn't even been planned out yet. Now that the council allowed them to use Tadpole Lane, they are in no hurry to spend their money on infrastructure. Does anyone have any confidence that the community center will be built and be usable within 5 months? The school year starts in September, so why the issue should be 7 to 9 months just goes to show that Renard is clueless.[/p][/quote]Oooo...... Lots of down voting for speaking the truth. Shame those doing so can't refute my statements...! LordAshOfTheBrake
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