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School critics are Nimbys

PUBLISHED: 17:10 20 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:03 06 July 2010

I AM writing hoping my voice will be heard above the protests from ERASE (Enraged Residents Against School Expansion).

I am a resident of the Lansdowne Road estate and am fed up with constantly reading and hearing how awful it will be when the new high school is built on the site of the current middle school.

I AM writing hoping my voice will be heard above the protests from ERASE (Enraged Residents Against School Expansion).

I am a resident of the Lansdowne Road estate and am fed up with constantly reading and hearing how awful it will be when the new high school is built on the site of the current middle school.

This estate was built in the 1960s and many of the residents purchased homes and moved here with the express intent of the children attending either the primary school, middle or both. Some of these residents may even have attended these schools themselves and experienced the advantage of the closeness of the schools and the walk across the access via the Kilbourne Road entrance. This entrance was obtained because a vast number of the residents willingly put their name to a petition so their children would not have to walk all the way round to the main entrance on London Road.

ERASE is forgetting that when I, and their children, went to high school we were 13. The new two-tier school system will mean that children will only be 11. I ask, would they have wanted their children cycling to school at such a young age? I think the answer would be no. That means they would be happy to have driven their children to school, so creating a “safety problem” elsewhere. I call that hypocrisy.

It would be interesting to know what ERASE think is going to happen if the high school is turned down and they win their battle; it would provide the council with a juicy piece of land just right for redevelopment into another small estate.

I think ERASE should maybe rename themselves NIMBYs - at least they would be honest and not hide behind the so-called reason of being concerned for people's safety.

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