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Have your say on the proposal to relocate Ox Close Schools

by deanranyard on 25 February, 2021

Durham County Council are undertaking a second phase of consultation on their proposals to merge Ox Close Primary and Nursery Schools and to relocate the new school onto the Durham Road site of the former Tudhoe Grange Comprehensive School.

DCC plans to relocate Ox Close Schools onto the Durham Road site of the former Tudhoe Grange Comprehensive School

The new school is to have a capacity nearly double that of the existing schools, making it the largest Primary School in the whole of County Durham.

Time is running out for local people to have their say on these plans with the consultation due to close this Friday (26th February).

Further details can be found on the Durham County Council website at http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/24473/Consultation-on-proposal-to-merge-Ox-Close-Primary-School-and-Oxclose-Nursery-School-phase-two- and your views on these plans can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]

Your local Lib Dem team are opposed to these plans which will be decided by the Labour cabinet at Durham County Council following the conclusion of the second phase of consultation.

Cllr Dean Ranyard commented, “We have submitted our concerns to Durham County Council and are against these proposals. Spennymoor does need additional school places, but we favour a brand new school located in an area of the town not currently well served by existing schools.”

“It was only back in 2016 that Labour ran DCC spent £1.25 million on building additional classrooms and facilities at Ox Close. This is a complete waste of taxpayers money to abandon this site just a few years later”

“Durham Road already has St. Charles Primary and King Street Primary at either ends of it. Adding an additional Primary School on this stretch of road and another 650+ pupils is going to create a lot of extra traffic, causing road safety issues at school drop off and pick up times.”

“Local residents on Ox Close Crescent and in surrounding streets will be concerned as to what will happen to the existing School site if the move gets the go ahead and it is unclear at this stage what the future plans for the site would be.”

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