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Grovelands School? by David Flint

At least five members of EGP attended a bad tempered meeting at Southgate College in July. The meeting had been called by the council to explain that it was considering building an extension to an existing, primary school on land adjacent to Grovelands Park.

A mixture of bad drafting and poor organisation made this a bad-tempered event - though the heat didn't help. Speaking for the Council Gary Barnes explained that the Council had a legal obligation to provide schools for a rising population but that it was not and would not propose to build one in the park.

Many of those present were opposed to this "concept" - because of adjacency to the Priory or because it might spoil their view. A subsequent meeting on the subject was better tempered.

Of course the additional pupils will have to go somewhere. Elsewhere in the borough primary schools are being expanded to three and even four form entry and every location has disadvantages. Building near Grovelands would cause the loss of some woodland and/or meadow but much of the land is closed to the public and used, apparently, only by criminals and the usual stray teenagers. It doubtless has many non-human users who will probably be ignored.

As with the Cat Hill housing development we see the impact of providing for a rising population on a fixed land area. "Something's gotta give". In this case, flora, fauna and habitat.

First published in the EGP members newsletter, October 2013

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ