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SCHOOL’S OUT IN ALUM ROCK

23-02-2010

Revelations that Birmingham’s primary schools are bursting at the seams comes as no news to Birmingham mum Naveed Akhtar. She’s waging a war to get part of a prime building plot in Alum Rock earmarked for education purposes.

The old Smith and Nephew site has been designated for housing by the City Council, and an application is due to be heard by the planning committee later this week.

But Naveed argues that at a public meeting with house-builder Bovell in October 2008, residents made it clear that a school was one of their priorities.

She claims that this was ignored when plans were drawn up – making a mockery of the so-called consultation process – with the developer recently citing pressure from the local authority to stick with 100% housing.

“There are already so many new houses in the area, and no services” she said.

“The schools are in overload, with many parents already having to send their children out of the area.

Naveed has now attracted 250 signatures to a petition and set up a Facebook campaign to lobby for her cause.

Birmingham Council has been invited to reply to her comments.

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