Monday, 17 September 2012

Views Sought On Plans To Bring Green End School Site Back Into Use

Residents of East Chesterton in Cambridge are being asked for their views on plans to bring back into use the former Shirley Lower School site in Green End Road.

The proposals by Cambridgeshire County Council are designed to tackle the need for more school places in the East Chesterton area.

The authority has faced significant pressure on primary school places in Cambridge since 2008, as a result of a rise in the birth rate.

The greatest difference between the provision currently available and the projected number of 4-year-olds is in the catchment area of Shirley Primary School in Nuffield Road.

In order to meet the shortfall, education officers are proposing to bring back into use the school's former lower school site in Green End Road to create a new primary school with early years and childcare facilities.

The original buildings date back to the 1930s, but are generally in good condition and could accommodate a school again with little structural work. The interior would need to be refurbished. If agreed, the school buildings would re-open in September 2013.

The County Council is holding a drop-in session for members of the public to see the plans. This will be on Tuesday 2 October between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in the Scout Hall on the former Shirley Lower School site in Green End Road in Cambridge.

The public's views will then be put to the County Council's Cabinet on 23 October, when the next steps in the process will be determined.

Comments can be sent to Ian Trafford, Education Officer, Cambridgeshire County Council, CC1208, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP or to