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Maxwell Road Guide Hut in Borehamwood 'will be saved' vow councillors
The leader of Hertsmere Borough Council has vowed to save a Guide hut earmarked as the site for a possible primary school.
Speaking after last week’s public meeting about the Elstree Way Corridor, Councillor Morris Bright said he had “every reason to believe” the council would succeed in saving the Winn Everett Guide Headquarters in Maxwell Road in Borehamwood.
The frequently asked questions accompanying Wednesday’s meeting stated Hertfordshire County Council had named the hut as a “good site” for a new primary school built to cope with the town’s expanding population.
Cllr Bright said: “During the meeting, every councillor, regardless of political allegiance, stood up in support of the Guide hut. I gave assurances we would fight to save the building were it to be put at risk.
“We are working very hard behind the scenes to preserve as much as possible of what exists here.”
He said Hertfordshire County Council was looking at options other than building on Maxwell Park, meaning Maxwell Park Community Centre might be saved as well.
However he added the needs of parents looking to move to the area and desperate to find school places for their children had to be taken into account.
County councillor Alan Plancey, who was also at the meeting, said every councillor had stood up to sign a petition launched by Councillors Pat Strack and Sandra Parnell to save the building.
He said: “The future of the Guide hut is safe. I believe activities for children after school are just as important as their formal education in ensuring children gain new experiences and become valuable members of society.”
Leader of the Labour Group Ann Harrison questioned why Cllr Bright and the Conservative group had to vow to save the building when the council owned the land it was built on.
She said: “I don’t see why they have to sign a petition and why they have to make these assurances they will vow to save it.
"All Morris Bright has to do is stand up and say ‘we will not sell it’, all he has to say is that if it comes to planning permission the council will refuse to grant it, whatever the council officers say.
"It seems as though in vowing to fight to save the Guide hut the Conservative group is fighting itself.”
However Cllr Bright said he could not categorically assert the council would not sell the land because it might be forced to by a compulsory purchase order from Hertfordshire Council.
He said: “I have to sit down with council officers and work out a mechanism to ensure it is not sold. I’m not going to give a definite assurance until I know all the facts.
“But I every reason to believe we will succeed in saving it.”
Guide leader Audrey Todd said noting had been decided yet about the fate of the hut.
She said: “As far as I know it is safe for the time being.”
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