'No alternative' to proposals for Portland academy

Dorset Echo: 'No alternative' to proposals for Portland academy 'No alternative' to proposals for Portland academy

COUNCIL bosses say there is no alternative site to the proposed academy hub on Portland.

The inquiry into the proposal by Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) to site its main campus at Southwell Business Park was told that doing nothing was not good enough.

Jacqueline Groves, head of school organisation and also senior manager for early years and educational improvement for Dorset County Council, said there were simply no alternative suitable sites.

She said studies into an earlier proposed quarry site at Grove Corner found it to be unaffordable.

Miss Groves said there was ‘no risk to safeguarding’ at the Southwell site.

Asked by Matthew Reed, representing IPACA, what the consequence to the educational provision if the school didn’t go ahead, Miss Groves said they would continue in the current schools.

She said: “The issue will be that the status quo will not be good enough.”

Miss Groves said that the Department for Education national standards was that secondary children could get to school within one hour and 45 minutes, while it was less for primary students.

The inquiry continues.

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8:16am Wed 19 Mar 14

IslandJim1 says...

No alterative, yet you are capable of carrying on in the current Royal Manor School campus, well that is an alternative then? As for the Grove site being unaffordable, my question is and always has been, where is the bill of quantities, and quotes to carry out the necessary work at Southwell. Because as myself and other have repeatedly pointed out the original £15million minus what ever has been spent on the underhill school, failed planning app's, Architects and consultants, building regulations package and numerous other things, will not achieve the "vision" that they are blind siding pupils, parents and the community with! IPACA will remain at Royal Manor and Southwell will become a half finished building site, with no benefit to the community as either an education or trade/business facility!
No alterative, yet you are capable of carrying on in the current Royal Manor School campus, well that is an alternative then? As for the Grove site being unaffordable, my question is and always has been, where is the bill of quantities, and quotes to carry out the necessary work at Southwell. Because as myself and other have repeatedly pointed out the original £15million minus what ever has been spent on the underhill school, failed planning app's, Architects and consultants, building regulations package and numerous other things, will not achieve the "vision" that they are blind siding pupils, parents and the community with! IPACA will remain at Royal Manor and Southwell will become a half finished building site, with no benefit to the community as either an education or trade/business facility! IslandJim1
  • Score: 19

10:36am Wed 19 Mar 14

Foursite says...

No alternative? We can find room for housing, the Pennsylvania heights building site has been going on for over 5 years and almost doubled in size of the original planning application.
We have a disused quarry that the operator wants to turn into a holiday village.The same operator has plans for housing at bumpers lane and the Windmills site.
We hear of plans for a jurrasic Eden Like project. But we have no alternative for a school to educate the next batch of tax payers.
Absolutly shameful greed.
No alternative? We can find room for housing, the Pennsylvania heights building site has been going on for over 5 years and almost doubled in size of the original planning application. We have a disused quarry that the operator wants to turn into a holiday village.The same operator has plans for housing at bumpers lane and the Windmills site. We hear of plans for a jurrasic Eden Like project. But we have no alternative for a school to educate the next batch of tax payers. Absolutly shameful greed. Foursite
  • Score: 18

4:28pm Wed 19 Mar 14

IslandJim1 says...

This should compound by point, £5million in Purbeck will get you " a reception-class base, four further classrooms, a hall, resource learning area and associated offices. There will also be a dedicated road and footpath to access the school". Think about what IPACA are touting, about 20 times the size, with only around twice the budget. They've been setting themselves up for a fail from the start.
This should compound by point, £5million in Purbeck will get you " a reception-class base, four further classrooms, a hall, resource learning area and associated offices. There will also be a dedicated road and footpath to access the school". Think about what IPACA are touting, about 20 times the size, with only around twice the budget. They've been setting themselves up for a fail from the start. IslandJim1
  • Score: 8

10:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

weymouthfox says...

"Jacqueline Groves, head of school organisation and also senior manager for early years and educational improvement for Dorset County Council, said there were simply no alternative suitable sites"
A foolish statement by another overpaid and useless county council officer. What about the current school sites? Why move into an unsuitable and windswept industrial site?
"Jacqueline Groves, head of school organisation and also senior manager for early years and educational improvement for Dorset County Council, said there were simply no alternative suitable sites" A foolish statement by another overpaid and useless county council officer. What about the current school sites? Why move into an unsuitable and windswept industrial site? weymouthfox
  • Score: 6

7:24am Thu 20 Mar 14

Rocksalt says...

weymouthfox wrote:
"Jacqueline Groves, head of school organisation and also senior manager for early years and educational improvement for Dorset County Council, said there were simply no alternative suitable sites"
A foolish statement by another overpaid and useless county council officer. What about the current school sites? Why move into an unsuitable and windswept industrial site?
Perhaps you can tell me how you would develop the current site, given it's structural limitations in terms of adding further floors.
[quote][p][bold]weymouthfox[/bold] wrote: "Jacqueline Groves, head of school organisation and also senior manager for early years and educational improvement for Dorset County Council, said there were simply no alternative suitable sites" A foolish statement by another overpaid and useless county council officer. What about the current school sites? Why move into an unsuitable and windswept industrial site?[/p][/quote]Perhaps you can tell me how you would develop the current site, given it's structural limitations in terms of adding further floors. Rocksalt
  • Score: -3

3:05pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Weston7 says...

That statement should be challenged. Neither DCC nor IPACA have evaluated any other site for the academy, other than the one behind the Drill hall which was found to cost too much.
I hope someone tells the inspector.
That statement should be challenged. Neither DCC nor IPACA have evaluated any other site for the academy, other than the one behind the Drill hall which was found to cost too much. I hope someone tells the inspector. Weston7
  • Score: 4

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