Guru Nanak School has now applied to the Council to build a new fourth

form of entry primary school on its site in the same ward as the council

plans to build a school on Botwell Common and Lake farm.

The pupils that have been accepted to attend the new Guru Nanak Primary

School are overwhelmingly drawn from the local Hayes area.

The new school is to be built on the existing school site surrounded by

existing school buildings and although technically on green belt land,

it is land not open to the public and not in the country park area.

Local MP John McDonnell commented

“I am reluctant to see any area of green belt built upon but allowing

this school to go ahead on land that is already on the school site,

surrounded by school buildings, is inaccessible to the general public

and not in a country park, means that the council has no need to build

on our Botwell Common and Lake Farm country park. This development could

save our country park. I am urging the council even at this late stage

to drop its plans to destroy Botwell Common and Lake Farm Country Park.

This new school means that there will be enough school places in the

area. There is now simply no need to destroy our park. To press ahead

now means that the Council must have a hidden agenda for the Lake Farm


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