PLANS to extend Cypress primary school have been scrapped.
Cllr Kathy Bee, who chairs the governing body at Cypress, told NFCP: “The governing body at Cypress primary school felt that the shortage in primary school places locally meant that we should see if we could help local families by considering whether it would be possible to expand at Cypress.
“Because of the nature of the site and the cost of building there, the local authority decided that expanding by one form entry (taking 30 children more each year) was too expensive but it could be more affordable to expand by 2 forms of entry (60 more children each year).
“We agreed that the council could consult on such an expansion but it rapidly became clear
that both governors and parents found it very difficult to see how such a large school could be delivered on the site.
“The governing body has now asked the council to end the consultation” she added.
A Croydon council spokesman said:“Croydon needs more school places and must explore every opportunity in as much detail as possible to meet the demand of rising pupil numbers.
“This particular proposal presented both significant opportunities and significant challenges and an initial review of the two sites indicated that it was worth pursuing it as a realistic option.
“There were, however, various concerns raised, both by local residents and from within the school community and the council always listens before making decisions of this nature.
“Alongside this we were faced with rising cost estimates associated with the project.
“It also became clear that the development work would be likely to cause undue disruption, both to pupils at the current school and to local residents.
“On balance it was finally agreed that the risks of trying to continue with this scheme outweighed its possible advantages.
“What this emphasises is that when we carry out consultations we do so with an open mind and we always assess new evidence before reaching our conclusions.”
NORWOOD REVIEW’S 200TH ISSUE
NORWOOD REVIEW, the magazine of the Norwood Society, celebrates its 200th issue this month with a colour cover featuring Camille Pissarro’s painting of South Norwood Hill in 1871.
Subjects in the 200th issue include the Crystal Palace park pneumatic railway and Sir Hiram Maxim.