School Places and provision of Youth Services

It has recently been announced by Surrey County Council that Barnett Wood Lane School will NOT now be expanded.  Apparently, the birth rate locally in 2013 and 2014 has dropped and the expected numbers will not now materialise.  Taken together with the cutbacks expected at the Youth Centre and the uncertainty over the future of the Surestart programme, this is yet another blow to the children and young people in Ashtead.  Councillor Chris Townsend drew attention to this in a recent Surrey County Council meeting, and his thoughts were reported in the Leatherhead Advertiser.