Public meetings discuss new Holbeck/Beeston school plans

Three public meetings are being held next week to discuss proposals for a potential new primary school for Beeston and Holbeck children on the site of the South Leeds Sports Centre.

The meetings will take place next Monday at the Hamara Centre at 2pm, Tuesday at Tunstall Road Community Centre at 5.30pm and next Wednesday at St Matthew’s Community Centre at 7.30pm.

The proposed new school, which would ease the growing demand for primary school places, could be open by 2014. In a post on the future of the sports centre site on Sunday, South Leeds Life featured comments by Beeston and Holbeck councillor Adam Ogilvie, who said:

“Clearly there is interest in the site from Children’s Services at the Council in terms of a new primary school for the area and my view if that were to proceed is that there would have to be leisure use open to the local community as part of the school plan.

“I am also in discussions with an organisation who have expressed an interest in reopening the sports centre to see whether that may be an option as well as exploring whether a new school and a sports centre could be an option for the site. I am more than happy to keep people informed as things move forward.”

More details about the school plan can be found on the Education Leeds website.

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Here’s the council’s public consultation document:

[scribd id=64786891 key=key-2e030wsnjz8lgzopjmz9 mode=list]Meanwhile, members of the Splash campaign fighting to reopen the sports centre, are planning a protest to mark the first anniversary of the facilty’s closure on November 5. Members of the public are invited to attend Splash’s next meeting on October 17 at Hillside (7pm) to plan the bonfire night event.

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