A multi-million pound scheme to rebuild a primary school is on hold after the plans were hit by a 'village green' claim, made in order to frustrate the improvements.
New school buildings are proposed for
, in the
Great Lever district of Bolton. Clarendon
But the £6.5 million campus for Clarendon Primary hangs in the balance, because an application to grant the site village green status has been made.
The four people who have made this 'village green' claim are
Matthews, and . All four live on Bridgeman Street which,
surprise surprise, has 'nice views' over the park. Former
Blue Peter presenter Muhammad Patel (pictured in the current
school's ramshackle old playground, above) is not involved. Problems
arose when proposals were put forward to rebuild a part of the school within a
small section of the very large Konnie
Huq , after two other locations
were deemed unsuitable. Heywood
A planning application to site the two-storey building in a part of the park, bordering on to Bridgeman Street and Recreation Street, was due to be submitted this month, with the new building open by Easter 2013.
But that will now be delayed, while the application for village green status is considered by the town hall lawyers.
Pictured below is
(1786-1868), who donated
the land to the town. Bobby