10 October 2009

Primary School places shortage update

Speaking to parents on the doorstep in Peckham Rye, it's clear that there is a great deal of concern locally about the shortage of Primary school places.

We've been hearing stories of children being offered places miles away from the area, some of which would have required 3 bus journeys! Sadly, it's clear that the Lib Dems running our council have just failed to address this issue.

Labour Councillors are now working to avoid a similar shortage next year and have called a special meeting for local parents to put pressure on the council to act. The "Overview and Scrutiny" meeting will be held on 12th October at 7pm in East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road. I would encourage all concerned local residents to attend.

The Lib Dems have been aware of the growing shortage of school places since well before this year's crisis. in 2007 they committed to "scope" school places provision in the area, but then inexplicably dropped this commitment the following year.

For more information about the special meeting, and to let Southwark Labour know about your experiences, go to: www.southwarklabour.co.uk/schoolplaces

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