Dispute over expansion of Dundonald Primary School reaches High Court

Wimbledon Guardian: Battle over school expansion is still not over Battle over school expansion is still not over

Campaigners against the expansion of Dundonald Primary School have made a series of inflammatory allegations against the council in a published newsletter.

The Protect Dundonald Rec (PDR) group launched a legal challenge against the council’s plans to create an extra 210 school places with a two-storey extension in the High Court on Friday, March 28.

They have been granted a judicial review into the decision.

Councillor Martin Whelton, cabinet member for education, said the council was pleased the court agreed there was no case to answer with regards to the planning decision.

He said he is confident they will put an end to allegations at a further court hearing due for two days on May 21 and 22.

He said: "It’s a shame this has been so opposed. It’s going to be considered in court and we are confident we will win. We have a very strong case."

Lorraine Maries, chairman of PDR, said: "I am thrilled by this positive step - this is the first time in three years that Merton’s actions in this matter have been properly scrutinised by an independent body, and we are confident that at the final hearing the High Court will recognise the irrationality of Merton’s claims."

Campaigners fear the extension will be built on their much-loved park, sports fields and children’s playground.


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10:04pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Merton pork says...

As Merton has spent so much money getting this site approved, they should spread the cost by building more than 210 extra places.
As Merton has spent so much money getting this site approved, they should spread the cost by building more than 210 extra places. Merton pork
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12:06am Fri 25 Apr 14

MintBerryCrunch says...

Moved to Dundonald area last year. Have no kids (yet). Pretty clear to me that the School needs to be bigger. For the 2014 reception year 21 of the 30 spaces available went to siblings, leaving the lucky seven newbies within a 106m radius of the school. This is a joke - it might as well not even be on the Merton Council website. So what if there is a bit of disruption and young 'George' has to run around on the copious amounts of remaining grass rather than play on a seesaw for a few months, he won't even care.
Moved to Dundonald area last year. Have no kids (yet). Pretty clear to me that the School needs to be bigger. For the 2014 reception year 21 of the 30 spaces available went to siblings, leaving the lucky seven newbies within a 106m radius of the school. This is a joke - it might as well not even be on the Merton Council website. So what if there is a bit of disruption and young 'George' has to run around on the copious amounts of remaining grass rather than play on a seesaw for a few months, he won't even care. MintBerryCrunch
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