4 September 2011

School Improvements Hit By 'Village Green' Scam

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 Clarendon Primary School, in the Great Lever district of Bolton.

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 Yusuf Harif, Jean Lawson, Brenda Matthews, and Muhammad PatelAll four live on Bridgeman Street which, surprise surprise, has 'nice views' over the park.  Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq (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 Heywood Park, after two other locations were deemed unsuitable.

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 Bobby Heywood (1786-1868), who donated the land to the town.

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