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EDUCATION and concerns over school places will be top of the agenda at a public meeting.

The community forum has been organised in Horndean over concerns about the capacity and allocation of schools in the area.

It comes as hundreds of new homes are being built in Horndean and Clanfield and the rising population is putting pressure on school places.

The forum, run by East Hampshire District Council, will be joined by Martin Shefferd, school organisation officer at Hampshire County Council,

He will explain the position and answer questions.

Mr Shefferd will give a short presentation and describe how new developers could help contribute to funding.

Councillor Dorothy Denston, chairwoman of the forum, said: ‘There is a lot of pressure for new homes to be built in the Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle area at the moment and we must make sure we have the infrastructure to accommodate the new families who move in.

‘I am delighted that Martin will be able to join us at the meeting and bring detail and expertise to the discussion.

‘I would encourage anyone who is interested in school places and education in the area to come along and join the debate.’

The forum takes place on Tuesday, October 14 from 6.30pm at Merchistoun Hall, Horndean.