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Whilst Council opens consultation with local residents over proposed "upgrades"
The Council has informed us that residents near Putney’s Elliott School will be invited to comment on plans to upgrade the building and secure its long term future.
Proposals are being jointly worked up by the school governors, Wandsworth Council and education charity ARK Schools to remodel Elliott and convert it into an academy from September.
A multi-million pound building project will upgrade the grade II listed building and create new sports facilities. It is proposed that funding comes from disposing of part of the school grounds.
Paul Maloney, GMB Senior Officer for school support staff said:
"These 4 acres are in an area of the borough where the average household income is less than 2/3rds of the London average. The council was well aware last year that Elliot needed investment when a £40.3 million refurbishment was cancelled by the newly elected government. Yet a few months after that the council announced that they were spending £13 million from reserves to buy the site in Battersea for a new school in an area where the household income are nearly double the London average."
Mr Maloney ended by saying:
The consultation will go ahead if the proposal to change the use of the playing fields is agreed by a meeting of the council's Executive on March 1. Local people will then have ten term-time weeks to have their say before an application is made to the Department for Education. The closing date of the consultation will be 24 May.
There will be a further chance to comment later this year on subsequent planning applications for the school, including the provision of temporary accommodation for the school to move into this December.
Cabinet member for Education and Children's Services, Cllr Kathy Tracey, said:
The proposal will be discussed at a meeting of the council's Finance and Corporate Resources Committee on February 29. View the agenda item at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/elliottproposal.