Ashtead, Mole Valley and Surrey are seriously short of School places, particularly for primary age children, in the next few years. Everybody will agree that more places need to be provided so that our local children can attend a local school. Expansion plans are in place at The Greville, Barnett Wood and St Peter’s Schools, and West Ashtead took an extra class last year. We hope these additional places will solve the problem locally.
Further information on this should be available at the ARA autumn meeting at the Peace Memorial Hall on 6 November, when Linda Kemeny, the Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Education will be addressing the meeting and answering questions. Further details can be found on the ARA website.
We are acutely aware that solving one problem is extremely likely to exacerbate another, namely the issue of traffic congestion in the area of our schools at drop off and pick up times each day. Surrey County Council are seeking ways to mitigate this problem but so far we have seen nothing that will make a significant difference. An imaginative solution may be called for – but money as always is in very short supply. If anybody has any ideas that might help – do let your ward councillor or County Councillor know soon!