Waverley Borough Council opposes school closure

Published Monday, 16 April 2018

Waverley Borough Council has informed Surrey County Council it objects to the proposal to close Green Oak Church of England Primary School in Godalming.

As part of the consultation, Waverley has written to the county council to express its concerns.

Although the council appreciates the difficult decisions facing the county council and the Diocese of Guildford, Waverley is concerned that the loss of the school would have a hugely detrimental impact on the local community.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Julia Potts, said the move would take the heart out of the community and isolate vulnerable residents.

She added: “Waverley is funding a significant redevelopment and regeneration scheme at Ockford Ridge; a key area that the school serves.

“We are investing £20 million into the area, building new council homes and refurbishing almost 200 existing ones, so the number of children living in the area is set to increase.

“What’s more, land near the school between Aaron’s Hill and Halfway Lane has been earmarked for potential future development and is within the school’s catchment area.

“If the school closes many families will have to work out how to get their children to another school.  Many of the pupils currently walk, as their parents do not have cars.  There will need to be considerable thought to how this will impact the parents affected.

“This proposal needs to be viewed over the medium to long term, not just as a quick way to save money. It is a major part of the local community and it is essential that educational provision remains at the site.”

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

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