Get The Russell School Green Again
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Construction of the new buildings for the Russell and Strathmore schools started in July 2015 and were estimated to complete within a year. Construction overran and it wasn't until over 2 years later - September 2017 - that the first children moved into the new building, and even now not all facilities at the schools are ready to be used.
Demolition of the old school buildings is not complete and we don't have a date for when this will finish. Despite the delays to the build, the landscape plans for the outside space are still not finalised.
The school remains a building site and it appears likely to remain so for a third full academic year.
The grounds of the school are shoddily fenced off, littered with building waste and rubble, and are an eyesore for local residents. The children are reduced to playing on a small piece of tarmac at one end of the site, with a small amount of disintegrating play equipment.
The Russell and Strathmore schools have the space to provide an amazing, green outdoor environment which will benefit the children and complement the local area; we want to see this project being properly managed so that this can be realised.
We are asking Richmond Council to:
- Confirm the completion dates for the landscaping of the outside space
- Explain the reasons for the project overrun and what measures are being taken to speed up the demolition and completion of the landscaping
- Speed up the completion of the snagging of the new building such that all facilities can be used
- Take measures in the interim to tidy up the outside space at the school and provide suitable areas for children to play in
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