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Villagers turn out in droves to oppose "We Need a School"

posted Feb 10, 2011, 6:41 AM by Admin Admin   [ updated Feb 10, 2011, 2:04 PM ]
Concerned residents turned out in the hundreds last night to voice opposition to the "We Need a School Ltd" (WNAS) plans to build a secondary school on green belt land in or around Woolmer Green.  Many residents had to stand as there wasn't enough seating to accommodate everyone.  Also present at the meeting were a number of Parish & Borough councillors and some members of the press.

Our recently formed group the "Save Woolmer Green Campaign" was present at the meeting and had been invited to make a 15 minute presentation.  At the last minute however (23:44 the night before), we were informed by the Parish Council that we would no longer able to make a presentation and that we should instead submit a 500 word statement.

A lengthy 5 page statement was read out for the WNAS group after which the Parish Council read out our single page statement.

Towards the end of the meeting a member of the public asked for a show of hands for those in support of the school.  We didn't see a single hand raised.  The Parish Council refused to ask for a show of hands for those opposing the school but another member of the public asked the room anyway and the response was overwhelming with almost the whole room putting their hand up to show that we, the locals of Woolmer green DO NOT want this school in Woolmer Green.