The police station in South Norwood, closed by London Mayor Boris Johnson and put up for sale to be turned into flats, ought to be used to provide a new school for the area.
“It makes no sense to sell off this public building for housing if there are not enough school places locally to accommodate the children who might one day live there,” Reed said in his letter.
“I am writing to ask you to intervene personally… to ensure that this site is made available for a school rather than sold for private development.”
The police station on Oliver Grove covers 0.63 acres. The present building has five floors and an underground car park. Bids were being sought by the agents, Knight Frank, through the summer, and one buyer’s offer has already been accepted.
According to figures from the council, by 2016 Croydon faces a shortfall of up to 1,560 permanent primary school places – or more than 50 average-sized classes.
Reed’s letter highlights the common disconnect between local authority policy on development, sanctioning a developers’ bonanza for building homes – though rarely affordable family homes much needed in the area – without any insistence on the provision of local amenities to cope with the people who will live in the developments.
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