Garry and I have sent an open letter to the Director of the Diocesan Board of Education on the future of the Church Street site annexe of the Duke of Norfolk CE (C) Primary School. It has been sent to the Glossop Chronicle, Glossop Advertiser and High Peak radio due to the concern in Old Glossop and of parents over the future use of the site and it buildings. The letter can be read below:
OPEN LETTER TO:
Mr Phil Moncur
Director of Education
Diocese of Derby’s Board of Education
Derby Church House
Full Street, Derby
Dear Mr Moncur
Plans for sale and disposal of Duke of Norfolk CE Primary School‘s Church Street annexe site.
We hold some fundamental questions about the proposed sale and disposal of the Church Street site, which we feel have not been addressed by the Board or the Local Authority. We write seeking better clarification about the future plans for this wonderful building dating from 1852.
We are writing this letter on behalf of many concerned residents of Old Glossop, a ward we are both seeking to represent on High Peak Borough Council, and one of us – Garry Parvin – as a parent who has a child who attends the Church Street site.
With reference to the Cabinet Meeting minutes of Derbyshire County Council held on the 7th March, we note the estimated value placed on the site is £200,000 and that the total proceeds of the sale is set to be given to the County Council as the Education Authority towards the £600,000 cost of the consolidation project.
Our chief questions therefore are
- Is there a covenant on the Church Street annexe?
- Is it the intention of the Board of Education to sell the land and buildings merely to the highest bidder?
- Will the benefit to the local community be taken into consideration with a view to it remaining a community resource where possible?
We must stress that we welcome this rationalisation and move to a single site as being in the long-term interest of the children of our communities as are the parents and residents of Old Glossop, but must voice our concern that plans are being made without full explanation or consultation.
We hope to hear from your soon and that your reply will go some way to addressing these concerns.
Garry Parvin and Damien Greenhalgh
The Labour Party candidates for Old Glossop ward