Frustratingly, I have been unable to get much of an answer from Cllr Ann Naylor, Conservative county councillor for St Peter’s School, or any response at all from ward councillor Anne Coe as to why this expansion was turned down.
This is the primary school of choice for many residents in my ward (although outside of my ward) and I am disappointed that there doesn’t seem to be any fighting and campaigning (or even knowledge) amongst those who represent South Weald.
This evening, I have written to Cllr Roger Hirst, conservative cabinet member for planning at Essex, and await a response.
Last night you interjected when this was mentioned and said it was the Brentwood Planners who had scuppered the expansion of St Peter’s School. That kind of an odd answer to give us, ultimately, it is the Essex planning committee that make the decision and I understand you are cabinet member.
Could you give me a little more detail on this as I have a lot of frustrated parents in my ward looking for answers as to why they will have to cart their poor children all over Brentwood rather than helping them build a community on their doorstep.
I would also hope that there is an appetite and action plan to make this happen soon.