July 27, 2016
I am in the process of creating a series of video showing the children, parents and the local MP voicing their support to the Green Space Campaign at my daughter's primary school.
You can view these videos on my vimeo page here.
A bit more about the campaign:
The Judith Kerr Primary School (JKPS) Green Space Campaign has been set up by the local community to prevent the school’s only playing field being sold off for development by The Dulwich Estate.
The playing field is an integral part of the school, used intensively for sports, play, education, and social events. The school will eventually have 350 children aged 4-11 years. The removal of the only playing field will reduce the outside space available by more than half and remove all green space.
The removal of the playing field will severely restrict the opportunities for education, play and sport for generations of school children. The development will add further congestion to a very busy intersection and its proximity to the school gates will constitute an ongoing safety risk.
The local community needs good schools and the playing field is a vital resource to JKPS to achieve this. The local community and JKPS will be best served now and in the long term by JKPS retaining its playing field.
Why is JKPS’s only playing field at risk of being sold?
JKPS is a state primary school and leases its building and grounds, which includes the only playing field, from The Dulwich Estate.
The Dulwich Estate incorporated an option into the lease allowing it to develop residential housing on the playing field subject to planning permission. If the development is approved, the playing field will be permanently lost to the school.