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Why won’t anyone listen over schools?


Having just read an article regarding the decision to rebuild the Alvechurch schools, I feel quite upset by the comments made. 

I accept that the new school building is going to happen. I accept that this may be of benefit to the present children there and to future generations.

I don’t accept that the chosen site is of benefit to them or their parents when the present school is on a perfectly good site in a more central position.

I am thrilled that Karen Jordan (the middle school headteacher) feels that “the best thing about this PFI is that the children have been consulted”.

Marvellous – they have been consulted, while we older villagers who went to the information meeting held at the school were told that the school is moving.

We have been told that the main road will have to be changed in order to have several safety factors added. We have been told by the County Council that the library will have to be moved over to the school site.

Many villagers have written to complain to the council about this and have received replies which show that consultations do not exist with those who live in the community.

In last month’s Village magazine, we hear that it is hoped that the present library will become a youth club. I am very much in favour of our young people having a place where they can meet.

Would it therefore not make sense to build a community youth club adjacent to the school so that the teenaagers can share the school sports facilities and have space in summer months for fun outside?

Would it not make sense to retain the library in the centre of the village where it can benefit all age groups who enjoy reading?

Surely reading is not the prerogative of the 4-13 year olds? Surely they will have a wonderful library of their own, fully stocked with all the necessary equipment needed for their research and pleasure.

Could someone on the County Council please make sense of this ridiculous situation and come and meet all age groups of the village in order to benefit the community as a whole?

I like children and I like reading. However, I feel that the 4–13 year olds are being put first even though we know that there will be more people over 50 years of age in the next decade than people under 18.

Can we not use a bit of common sense? It seems a simple request. Why won’t someone listen? Or is it all to do with money. . . the PFI and the housing company who own the field at present?!

Pam Horsfield