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SCHOOLS STILL OUT IN ALUM ROCK

24-02-2010

Birmingham mum Naveed Akhtar presented a petition to Birmingham Council yesterday, calling for part of the old Smith and Nephew site in Alum Rock to be redeveloped for a much needed school. Nowt to do with us says the local authority.

The essence of the Council’s reply is that the owners have submitted a planning application for mixed use development - residential, office and “public realm” – but it’s ultimately up to them what they do with it (subject, of course, to planning approval).

They add that while they are exploring options for new school developments and therefore will “take a look” at the site, there are no restrictions or planning policy in place in this area which would oblige use of one kind above any other.

Their priority, they say, is that the site is developed and brought back into use.

This is all a far cry from the conversation Naveed Akhtar says she had at a public meeting with representatives of the developer Bovell, who claimed that residents’ desire for a school had been specifically rejected in discussions with Council officers.

All most curious.

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