New school sites for St Albans are mooted

ST ALBANS: Sites for a new primary school and expansion of secondary schools in the district are under consideration by the county council, it was revealed this week.

The issue of the lack of primary school places in central St Albans was raised by Labour group leader, Cllr Martin Leach, in September and referred to the council’s planning policy advisory panel which met on Tuesday night.

Cllr Leach raised the issue because so many children in the city centre were unsuccessful in getting places at their nearest schools because of the shortage of places and priority being given to siblings.

County officers were at Tuesday’s meeting and confirmed that they were planning for further expansion at some secondary schools in the district and were actively looking at sites for a new primary school in St Albans city centre.

There was also the possibility of a new primary school in Harpenden or merging several schools in the town to ease the admission situation.

Panel chairman and portfolio holder for planning, Cllr Chris Brazier, said that the county officers had agreed to further discussions in 2011.