Readers might be interested in a post over on Green Ladywell detailing the answers to various questions asked of the Mayor & Cabinet, one of which relates to plans for a school at the Convoy's Wharf development. I know that this is an issue that many of my readers are concerned about. I say you 'might' be interested because of course the answer is rather bland, not surprising considering that elections are in the offing.
Question by Councillor Luxton of the Deputy Mayor
Further to my question in June 2009, have Council officers had any recent discussions with the owners of Convoys Wharf about the proposals to build a school on the site? Have the discussions focussed purely on primary school provision, or have officers discussed including some secondary school provision? Please can you also confirm whether any discussions have taken place with Greenwich Council about Lewisham using the now closed Charlotte Turner Primary School, which is almost adjacent to the Convoys Wharf site?
The Council is now in ongoing discussions with Hutchison Whampoa, the owners of Convoys Wharf, regarding their proposals for the site. The Council is seeking to secure the delivery of a primary school on the site together with a contribution to the cost of providing off-site secondary school places.
A variety of options are currently being considered about how to expand our primary place as well as ensure sufficient decant space is available for our building programmes. Officers are liaising with their counterparts in other boroughs so that a strategic response can be taken across borough boundaries.