Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions
Contact: Sarah Baxter Democratic Services
Appointment of Chairman
To appoint a Chairman for the meeting.
It was moved and seconded that Councillor D Topping be appointed as Chairman for the meeting.
That Councillor D Topping be appointed as Chairman for the meeting.
Declarations of Interest
To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.
In the interest of openness in relation to the proposal to expand Wheelock Primary School, Councillor Mrs R Bailey declared that as Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services she had given permission for the issue of the statutory public notice for the expansion of the School.
To consider the proposal to expand Wheelock Primary School, Sandbach 210 to 315 pupil places with a planned implementation date for September 2014.
Consideration was given to the proposal to expand Wheelock Primary School, Wheelock, Sandbach.
The proposal for expansion had been made in response to a shortfall in the number of Primary School places in the Sandbach area due to population changes. Details were included in the full proposal attached as an appendix to a report prepared by the Strategic Director, Children, Families and Adults.
Following the decision of the Cabinet Member for Children and Families Services of 15 October 2012, an extended formal consultation had been undertaken between 22 October 2012 and 4 February 2013 on a proposal to expand Wheelock Primary School, Wheelock, Sandbach from 210 places to 315. The outcome of this process was considered by the Cabinet Member on 4 February 2013, whereupon permission was given to issue a statutory public notice for the expansion of the school to increase its capacity from 210 pupil places to 315.
Following publication of the public notice a statutory 4 week representation period commenced on 22 February 2013 and concluded on 22 March 2013. Fifteen objections had been received details of which were given in the report.
On behalf of the Proposer, Barbara Dale, the School Admissions and Organisation Manager attended the meeting and was questioned by Members of the Sub Committee.
Councillor S Corcoran attended the meeting and made a number of comments to the Sub Committee.
In addition a letter written by an objector to his local MP, Fiona Bruce was also read out at the meeting.
In accordance with the Sub Committee’s procedures Members then considered the matter in private, in particular they considered:
The meeting then reconvened in public and the Chairman announced the decision.
That the expansion of Wheelock Primary School, Wheelock, Sandbach from 210 school places to 315 with a proposed implementation date of September 2014 be approved.