Morley Memorial plans

morley-plansOur local primary school, Morley Memorial, is up for improvements. The school is over 100 years old and some of its buildings need to be be brought up to modern standards.

The County Council has plans for the school to have three new classrooms plus long overdue repairs. The changes will enable the whole school to be on one site, bringing the Reception class from the two-storey Early Years house on the south side of Blinco Grove over to join the rest of the school. Having all the children at ground floor level and avoiding the need to get 50 small children across the road twice or three times a day will be safer and allow more time for education and play.

The Council intends to convert the Early Years building into a day centre, which will provide much needed day care places for children of working parents.

Morley’s governing body and the County Council have been working up the plans for years, and the planning application was lodged in September. Consultation has been very quiet, and there have only been two public representations, both objections. So the Council has extended the consultation deadline: you now have until the first week of January to comment. The application will be determined (by the County Council Planning Department) on 19th January.

 

Consultation on Children’s Centres

Cambridgeshire County Council Children’s Centre team will publish a consultation shortly about new arrangements for Children’s Centres in Cambridgeshire. Some changes are proposed to the current model which will see the merging of some of Cambridgeshire’s children’s centres. Children’s centres have developed in Cambridgeshire since 2005 under the Government’s Sure Start initiative to deliver early intervention and preventative services for families with children under 5 years of age.

Each centre serves a ‘reach’ area where there are between 900 and 1200 children under 5yrs. The April consultation will be about making some adjustments which will include proposals to form a smaller number of larger reach areas with some changes to management arrangements. At present there are no plans or suggestions that any children’s centre buildings should be closed. (more…)