County’s education chief hits back at criticism over plans for school move

Roy Perry

Roy Perry

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HAMPSHIRE’S education chief says he is disappointed by criticism of plans to build a centre for troubled teens in the grounds of a primary school.

Councillor Roy Perry has hit back at people who say Hampshire County Council should not move Quayside Education Centre to Woodcot Primary, in Gosport.

It comes after Gosport Borough Council’s planning board told the county it should find another site.

Cllr Perry said: ‘The £4m investment would provide pupils with the opportunity to work in an improved environment, helping overcome the challenges they face. It is important we support, not demonise, young people who need a facility like Quayside.

‘It is deeply disappointing the commitment to invest in the future of some of the more vulnerable children of this community is being depicted in such negative terms.’

Cllr Perry said co-location was working well in other parts of the county and that it would not be possible to redevelop the centre’s current site instead.

Putting it in the grounds of a secondary school would not work because excluded pupils are barred from the site of the school they are excluded from.

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