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Conservative Cabinet backs Labour’s calls for Tadpole Farm to be new school site

At Wednesday’s Swindon Cabinet Meeting, the Conservative Cabinet agreed to Tadpole Farm becoming the preferred site for the new North Swindon Primary School.

This comes following the Swindon Labour Group’s calls last week in the Swindon Advertiser to use this site for the new North Swindon Primary School.

The published Cabinet reports also make clear that the Tadpole Farm site is the most appropriate of the consulted sites following detailed site assessments and it was the most preferred site from those residents who took part in the public consultation.

Swindon Labour Group Leader, Councillor Jim Grant, said:

“I am delighted that the Conservative administration has agreed with Labour’s calls to have the Tadpole Farm site as the place for the North Swindon Primary School. This site is already designated to hold a school anyway, is close to the areas most in need of more school places and it provides the flexibility for the primary school to expand.

After the Conservative Group and Priory Vale Ward Councillors had originally said that Mouldon Hill Country Park was the only possible site for the North Swindon Primary school, this decision does justice to Labour’s calls for a proper public consultation of all the possible sites to host this school.

The Tadpole Farm site was not only Labour’s preferred option, it was also judged the most appropriate of the consulted sites following detailed council site assessments and it was the most preferred site from those residents who took part in the public consultation.

Now the Conservative administration needs to ensure that this school is ready to open for September 2014 and I think the government should be playing its part by providing funding to pay for this school.”