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Brave trek to get Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy support
The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy recently had its planning application to site a new campus at Maritime House in Southwell Business Park turned down.
16-year-old Portland student Adam Greaves will be delivering an appeal to councillors before undertaking the trek to Number 10 to deliver a copy to the Government.
Adam said the trek, which will include walking, cycling and paddling to the capital would be a ‘good challenge.’ He said: “We are doing the trek to raise awareness of the IPACA cause and gain support.
“To try and overturn the decision first made at council.”
Adam said the decision not to grant planning permission had been a shock.
He said: “It was a pretty big shock to be fair. It absolutely needs to happen.”
He added that the Royal Manor campus needed to be upgraded and that Maritime House was the best place for the school.
Adam said the plan was to ‘cut out the middle man’ and ‘go to the top.’ Adam was due to collect his GCSE results this morning before he starts out on the trek wity IPACA’s Gary Fooks.
He has two younger brothers, Tom and Jack, who are currently going through the academy.
He said: “It’s kind of my legacy to them.”
From North Quay Adam and his team will be walking to Dorchester, before cycling to Salisbury, then Newbury, then kayaking on the Avon Canal and along the Thames to Number 10 and hopefully getting there on August 27.
They are hoping to meet up with MPs along the route.
Adam said he hoped the appeal would be successful.
He said: “Something needs to be done to improve the building. Hopefully the appeal will be upheld.”
People can follow Adam’s progress on Twitter by following @AdamsIPACAtrek and using the hash tag #IPACAtrek.
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