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Sunday, 24 January 2010

Elmlea Neighbours Organise Action Group

Parents and neighbours of the Elmlea Junior and Infant Schools have formed an action group to seek greater community engagement with the planned demolition of the infant school and its rebuilding on the junior school playing field.

Action for Community Involvement in Elmlea School (ACIES) is claiming a lack of meaningful consultation with parents and members of the local community over the planned development and have raised number of concerns with it:

  • the two year building project will see pupils bussed off site for outdoor sports, a costly option in terms of time, money and traffic emissions
  • after school clubs which currently use the field will be homeless for at least two years
  • concerns for 100-year old trees on the site, some of which house woodpeckers and owls
  • a badger set exists in the copse on the western side of the field
  • no budget allocation for the construction of a new playing field (on the site of the demolished infant school)
  • the permanent loss of the current field forever

ACIES claims that members are concerned that Bristol City Council appear to be fast-tracking the planning proposals with limited consultation and process.

With amalgamation being stated as official council policy since at last September 2008, though never formally announced to parents, the group appear to have a point.

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