Education chiefs are considering building schools in parks to deal with the acute shortage of places in Barking and Dagenham.
Barking and Dagenham Council unveiled the drastic proposal yesterday after figures it released showed that schools were running at full capacity and two thirds of primaries had undergone expansions.And so they are thinking outside the box.
Education cabinet member, Cllr Rocky Gill, said: “We have a statutory obligation to provide a school place for every child and we will continue to think outside the box to ensure we deliver on that promise.
“We have exhausted spaces within our schools and will continue to review the possibility of parks and open spaces, retail properties and even split shifts education.”So what’s the reason for this sudden pressing need for spaces? Is there something in the water causing this baby boom?
A council spokesman indicated the surge may have been fuelled by population movement from inner London and regeneration opportunities including the 1,000-home development in Barking called Academy Central.Gosh! And I thought the ‘population movement from inner London’ was just an urban myth, propagated by some dodgy types for nefarious reasons.
Turns out they were right, and the left were
As driving through Barking and Dagenham and using your eyes could have told you…