Campaigners start fight against plans to build on Overton Park

(L-R) Jason Hughes, Tony Shields, Heather Howell and Paul Scully

(L-R) Jason Hughes, Tony Shields, Heather Howell and Paul Scully

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Campaigners are fighting to save a park after leaked documents showed it could be under threat under plans to expand a neighbouring school.

Expanding Overton Grange School by removing the protected status from Overton Park and building on it has been proposed as school leaders explore ways of increasing pupil spaces by 2016.

In documents put together by the Partnership of Sutton Secondary Schools as part of a council consultation and seen by the Sutton Guardian, it is proposed that Overton Grange's capacity is expanded by 30 places.

But the small print states: "This expansion by one form of entry is subject to Sutton Council's planning restrictions in Overton Park being lifted."

Sutton Council said the plan is only a proposal at this stage and will not be explored until later this year, but campaigners are already gearing up to fight against any plans to build on the park.

Jason Hughes, chairman of the Friends of Overton Park and prospective councillor for the area, has joined forces with Conservative Councillor Tony Shields, campaigner and prospective councillor Heather Howell, and prospective MP Paul Scully to fight the proposal.

He said: "Despite assurances from the Lib Dems, we have uncovered plans to remove the park’s protected status and build on it.

"Residents and park users don’t want this and we’ll fight it all the way. We urgently need school places to deal with incredibly poor planning from Sutton Council and a new school needs to be built, but not at the expense of our green spaces."

Sutton Councillor Richard Clifton told the Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont local committee the park is not under threat in November and Mr Hughes said he hopes to hold him to his word.

A Sutton Council spokesman said the proposal is one of several that have been put forward. He added: "Sutton Council will be looking at possible 2016 expansion plans for Sutton’s secondary schools in the coming months. Until then it is too early to speculate about potential options."   

To sign the Friends Of Overton Park's petition, visit www.suttonsouth.org.uk.


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8:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Neil78 says...

Lib Dems will deny this all the way to polling day on May 22nd, then suddenly announce that it's going ahead. Unless people vote for someone else.
Lib Dems will deny this all the way to polling day on May 22nd, then suddenly announce that it's going ahead. Unless people vote for someone else. Neil78
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Remember what happened to Carshalton War Memorial Hoapital paid for by public subscription now redeveloped with private property signs to warn you off.
If the population is not controlled by disincentives to over breeding and over immigration we will never have enough schools or anything else.
Remember what happened to Carshalton War Memorial Hoapital paid for by public subscription now redeveloped with private property signs to warn you off. If the population is not controlled by disincentives to over breeding and over immigration we will never have enough schools or anything else. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -1

10:05pm Wed 16 Apr 14

jonjo79 says...

A councillor, prospective councillor and a prospective MP joining a campaign? Must be elections coming up. Maybe if, instead of joining what they think will be a popular campaign and criticising the current administration, they should actually say what they would do to provide places in that area of Sutton for 2016. If they have some good ideas, maybe that would be a more worthwhile reason to vote.
A councillor, prospective councillor and a prospective MP joining a campaign? Must be elections coming up. Maybe if, instead of joining what they think will be a popular campaign and criticising the current administration, they should actually say what they would do to provide places in that area of Sutton for 2016. If they have some good ideas, maybe that would be a more worthwhile reason to vote. jonjo79
  • Score: -3

8:04am Thu 17 Apr 14

emelem says...

Use the henderson site.

But more likely:
Michael Pantlin says...
If the population is not controlled by disincentives to over breeding and over immigration we will never have enough schools or anything else.
Use the henderson site. But more likely: Michael Pantlin says... If the population is not controlled by disincentives to over breeding and over immigration we will never have enough schools or anything else. emelem
  • Score: 1

12:50pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Giles C says...

jonjo79 wrote:
A councillor, prospective councillor and a prospective MP joining a campaign? Must be elections coming up. Maybe if, instead of joining what they think will be a popular campaign and criticising the current administration, they should actually say what they would do to provide places in that area of Sutton for 2016. If they have some good ideas, maybe that would be a more worthwhile reason to vote.
Well well well, yet again a Lib Dem has been found to be telling porky pies..
Yet when that is unearthed and people start campaigning against it up pops a troll defending the indefensible...
Have you looked at some of the Lib Dem lit jonjo? or perhaps you wrote some of it yourself..who knows.
Roll on May 22nd..never known an Axis of support to get rid of such an ideological self serving council..
[quote][p][bold]jonjo79[/bold] wrote: A councillor, prospective councillor and a prospective MP joining a campaign? Must be elections coming up. Maybe if, instead of joining what they think will be a popular campaign and criticising the current administration, they should actually say what they would do to provide places in that area of Sutton for 2016. If they have some good ideas, maybe that would be a more worthwhile reason to vote.[/p][/quote]Well well well, yet again a Lib Dem has been found to be telling porky pies.. Yet when that is unearthed and people start campaigning against it up pops a troll defending the indefensible... Have you looked at some of the Lib Dem lit jonjo? or perhaps you wrote some of it yourself..who knows. Roll on May 22nd..never known an Axis of support to get rid of such an ideological self serving council.. Giles C
  • Score: -1

9:37pm Thu 17 Apr 14

jonjo79 says...

Giles C wrote:
jonjo79 wrote:
A councillor, prospective councillor and a prospective MP joining a campaign? Must be elections coming up. Maybe if, instead of joining what they think will be a popular campaign and criticising the current administration, they should actually say what they would do to provide places in that area of Sutton for 2016. If they have some good ideas, maybe that would be a more worthwhile reason to vote.
Well well well, yet again a Lib Dem has been found to be telling porky pies..
Yet when that is unearthed and people start campaigning against it up pops a troll defending the indefensible...
Have you looked at some of the Lib Dem lit jonjo? or perhaps you wrote some of it yourself..who knows.
Roll on May 22nd..never known an Axis of support to get rid of such an ideological self serving council..
No, not political at all . Just stands to reason - the 'lies' as you put them are just how things are - one day green space is important, but the need for school places trumps that. If those above are elected, they will find that providing school places is statutory and it will happen, so if not on this green space then where? It would just be nice to hear some ideas for once, rather than just opposition to the current administration.
[quote][p][bold]Giles C[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonjo79[/bold] wrote: A councillor, prospective councillor and a prospective MP joining a campaign? Must be elections coming up. Maybe if, instead of joining what they think will be a popular campaign and criticising the current administration, they should actually say what they would do to provide places in that area of Sutton for 2016. If they have some good ideas, maybe that would be a more worthwhile reason to vote.[/p][/quote]Well well well, yet again a Lib Dem has been found to be telling porky pies.. Yet when that is unearthed and people start campaigning against it up pops a troll defending the indefensible... Have you looked at some of the Lib Dem lit jonjo? or perhaps you wrote some of it yourself..who knows. Roll on May 22nd..never known an Axis of support to get rid of such an ideological self serving council..[/p][/quote]No, not political at all . Just stands to reason - the 'lies' as you put them are just how things are - one day green space is important, but the need for school places trumps that. If those above are elected, they will find that providing school places is statutory and it will happen, so if not on this green space then where? It would just be nice to hear some ideas for once, rather than just opposition to the current administration. jonjo79
  • Score: -1

4:16pm Sat 19 Apr 14

labyrinth says...

Neil78 wrote:
Lib Dems will deny this all the way to polling day on May 22nd, then suddenly announce that it's going ahead. Unless people vote for someone else.
Whom would you suggest? The Tories are every bit as bad.
[quote][p][bold]Neil78[/bold] wrote: Lib Dems will deny this all the way to polling day on May 22nd, then suddenly announce that it's going ahead. Unless people vote for someone else.[/p][/quote]Whom would you suggest? The Tories are every bit as bad. labyrinth
  • Score: -2

1:28pm Tue 22 Apr 14

alphabeti says...

As I understand it councils are not allowed to open new schools only expand existing ones. This is a result of the Academies Act of 2010. Councils still have a legal responsibility to ensure adequate provision of places without control over new school building. This leads to the rather predictable problem where it is difficult to pin down responsibility for failure to deliver.
As I understand it councils are not allowed to open new schools only expand existing ones. This is a result of the Academies Act of 2010. Councils still have a legal responsibility to ensure adequate provision of places without control over new school building. This leads to the rather predictable problem where it is difficult to pin down responsibility for failure to deliver. alphabeti
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Tue 22 Apr 14

alphabeti says...

http://www.local.gov
.uk/media-releases/-
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10180/6111111/NEWS
http://www.local.gov .uk/media-releases/- /journal_content/56/ 10180/6111111/NEWS alphabeti
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