Scrutiny panel to review school expansion proposal

Merton Council’s Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Panel will be hosting a special meeting about the proposed Dundonald Primary School expansion at the Civic Centre in Morden on Thursday 15 September at 7.15pm.

At the meeting the scrutiny panel will review the results of the public consultation held earlier this year and discuss the proposals being put forward to cabinet before cabinet takes a decision on the proposals on Monday 19 September.

The report recommends that the proposals move on to the next stage, including a further consultation on the preferred design option for expanding the school before submitting a formal planning application to the council. It also recommends applying for a modification to the covenant on Dundonald Recreation Ground, and should the modification be agreed, proceeding to publication of formal proposals for the expansion of the school.

Residents who wish to address the meeting are asked to do so through a group spokesperson or their local councillor.

The report will be available on Merton Council’s website after 8 September.

Dundonald Primary School is a popular and successful one-form entry school. The proposed permanent expansion will make it a two-form entry school. The council has hosted two public meetings and has analysed and included the views expressed by residents within the cabinet report.

Chair of the Scrutiny Panel, Councillor Jeff Hanna said : “The level of public interest in this proposal is unusually high, and strong views have been expressed both in favour of the proposal, and against it. It is part of the role of Scrutiny Panels to look at situations of this kind in some detail, not least to ensure that concerns expressed by the public have been properly represented, and adequately responded to.”

Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis: “I welcome this special meeting. As a council we are proud of our efforts to meet the need for primary school places across the Borough. I am aware that the proposal for Dundonald School has been welcomed by some residents and has caused some concern for others, so giving the views a thorough airing before our Cabinet meeting considers the report can only be helpful in the process.”

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Note to editors

Numbers at the meeting may be restricted for safety reasons so residents are advised to contact democratic services to register their interest in attending by calling 020 8545 3356 or email democratic.services@merton.gov.uk