A row has broken out over plans to expand schools in Guiseley in West Yorkshire. A consultation process is underway, but parents say the two existing schools are not big enough to redevelop. Instead they want a new school to be built to cope with the growing demand for places.
Residents in Guiseley have turned out in force to register their opposition to proposals to expand two schools in the town. Leeds City Council has estimated that between now and 2015/16 the demand for primary places in Leeds will increase by 11,745 (or 1496 reception places).
It is currently consulting on proposals to meet this growing demand. But parents and people living near Guiseley Infant and Nursery School and St Oswald’s C of E Junior School have expressed their anger at the lack of information they claim has been provided to them by the council.
They have formed the Guiseley Infant and Nursery School (GINS) Action Group to coordinate their opposition. Nick Emmel, speaking on behalf of the group, said:
“We are convinced that these plans neither deliver the right number of primary school places in the right location, nor do they take into account the needs of the children, local residents or businesses."
Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“Ensuring we have enough school places for all children and young people is a high priority in Leeds and we have been working hard to mitigate the impact of rising pupil numbers across the city.
We are listening to all views throughout the consultation and we will be taking any concerns raised into account. The consultation is still ongoing so we’d encourage people to come to the drop in session to find out more, ask questions and let us know their views.”
The iconic site of the first Harry Ramsden's restaurant is re-opening tomorrow, but Calendar is going behind the scenes today.
It closed earlier this year, but the Wetherby Whaler group has since taken it over. A full refurbishment costing £500,000 has been carried out and the new fish and chip restaurant will still have a lot of the original features.
A new fryer has been installed at the Wetherby Whaler restaurant in Guiseley. It used to be the home of Harry Ramsden's. A window had to be removed to get 7.3 metre long fryer inside - and this is how they did it.