Save Putney High School Astro Sports / Educational Play Space
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We the undersigned would like to voice our opposition to the proposed development of an in-out drive on school grounds along Lytton Grove and the use of the remaining astro-turf area to house temporary classrooms until 2021.
In-Out Drive on School grounds along Lytton Grove
We do not agree with a significant portion of the school sports and play area being lost to establish a new road and parking. The proposed plans will mean the complete loss of the junior school science garden, newly installed long jump pit, a tennis court, many mature trees and 30% of the girl’s astro-turf sports/play area. We believe the plan in current form is unsuitable, especially from a Junior School perspective and will adversely impact the girl’s social development, health and wellbeing. As well as encouraging more parents to drive to school and onto school grounds increasing traffic and pollution.
Astro-turf area to house temporary classrooms until 2021
Under current proposals all of the remaining astro-turf area will be lost until 2021 due to the housing of temporary classrooms required for the science block refurbishment. As parents, we are concerned about the level of disruption a major development project will place at the heart of the pupil’s school life. To lose access to this open space for 4+ years seems disproportionally unfair on the school's current population. As well as being a real health & safety concern for the pupil’s welfare, within a diminished playground area in terms of over-crowding and closeness of groups with different social and developmental needs. Consequently, we urge the School's Management and Board of Governors to consider looking at other areas on site to locate the temporary classrooms.
In conclusion, we appeal to Putney High School's Leadership Team and the Board of Governors to re-think the proposed development plans, in light of the fact that we believe they will be detrimental to the Junior School population and not improve the traffic situation along Lytton Grove.
Given the opposition to the development plan in current form we cordially request that Putney High School makes a formal announcement before the end of summer term 2017, acknowledging parental opposition to the in-out drive and astro-turf loss and pledges to the parent body that no further action will be taken over the summer holidays to proceed with the plans.
We, as a parent group, would be more than happy to collaborate with Putney High School, the Board of Governors, GDST, Wandsworth Council & local residents to work towards a solution for the traffic issues on Lytton Grove. We hope that as an inclusive, active school community we can help identify a resolution that will preserve the valuable green space on site and promote refurbishment and investment across the school for generations to come.
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Concerned Parents of Putney High Junior School
This petition has been re-launched in the interest of time as we fast approach the end of the school year and break-up for the summer holidays. This petition is a way for parent opinion to come together as one cohesive voice and to highlight our concerns to the School and the Board of Governors about the proposed plans that have been made public during the consultation period. We recognise that not all parents have the time to write individual letters to the relevant parties or wish to forward feedback forms to an external organisation. Instead this petition is a way for parents to have their point of view recorded and delivered to the School and Board of Governors directly before term ends.
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