Quayside plans for Gosport school site not a done deal, say parents

PROTEST Angry mums outside Woodcot Primary School in Gosport earlier this year. From left, Becky Taylorson, Avril Ray, Karen Headley, Joanne Ross and Ali Taylor.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120270-2)
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HAMPSHIRE County Council is being urged to listen to parents and Gosport councillors who do not want to see a centre for troubled teens built in the grounds of a primary school.

It comes after Gosport Borough Council objected to plans to move the Quayside Education Centre to Woodcot Primary School.

At a meeting of its planning board on Tuesday, councillors unanimously agreed to tell the county council the site was not ideal and another one should be found.

Now parents are urging the county council to listen to their concerns and choose a different spot.

Ali Taylor, 41, whose eight-year-old daughter attends Woodcot, said: ‘This is not a done deal.

‘It’s just amazing our local borough council turned around their recommendation to raise no objection and objected to it.

‘I want to say thank you to those councillors and I hope Hampshire County Council listens.’

The county council will make its decision about whether to go ahead with the plans later this month.

Labour councillor for the area, Cllr Dennis Wright, said: ‘I would sincerely hope they will look again at an alternative site.

‘I’m not sure what the state of the current building is but they could look at doing something there or if that’s not available then one of the larger secondary schools in the area.

‘The borough council has said we don’t think this is appropriate for the spot you have chosen.

‘It would be very foolish of them not to listen.’