Maxwell Park, in Borehamwood, is the 'least' preferred option for a new school

Borehamwood Times: Maxwell Park is the 'least' preferred option for a new school Maxwell Park is the 'least' preferred option for a new school

Hertsmere Borough Council's leader has warned that bulldozing a 'magical' community centre and replacing it with a school is not a popular option.

Councillor Morris Bright has promised to do “everything” in his power to help save the well-loved Maxwell Park centre, in Borehamwood.

Thousands rallied together to protect it from demolition after Hertfordshire County Council announced plans to turn it into a school.

With more than 2,500 new homes to be built in the borough over the next ten years, officials say a new school will be necessary to cope with the influx of new people moving in.

But Conservative Cllr Bright says a plot of land at Hertswood School, in Cowley Hill, and another next to it, are the two favoured options for the school.

He said the issue has become a cross-party matter and he has held countless meetings to discuss the best course of action.

He said: “Demolishing the Maxwell centre is the third least popular option.

“None of us want to see it knocked down, we’re all trying to find ways to keep it open.

“We have spent many hours looking for a way forward on this. We’ve committed ourselves to find a place for the new school the community will be happy with.”

The Elstree and Borehamwood District Community Association also made an offer to buy the centre for community use last year - something which Cllr Bright supports.

He has invited Hertfordshire County Council’s deputy leader Chris Hayward to tour Borehamwood, to see the “fantastic” work the centre does and look for other viable sites.

The community centre was originally due to shut last October, but in April, but was given a stay of execution until it could be determined whether facilities could be rehoused at the new 96 Shenley Road.

After the announcement, campaigners described Maxwell Park as 'magical' and promised to continue fighting for the centre

During a meeting about saving the centre on Monday, Borehamwood North councillor Leon Reefe accused the Conservative group of “not doing enough” to save the centre.

But Cllr Bright added: “We fought for it to stay open for another year until all other options for a school are examined.

“Councillors Pat Strack and Sandra Parnell have been at the forefront of this and deserve a lot of praise.

“It’s been a long process but we’ll stay on top of this. Not by words but by actions.”

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10:15am Fri 28 Mar 14

Palma21 says...

It would be ridiculous to have a school in this location adding to the peak traffic which causes untold delays. The best place would be in the Hertswood School grounds. However, Maxwell Park would be an ideal place for a proper theatre and perhaps facilities for the community to use.
It would be ridiculous to have a school in this location adding to the peak traffic which causes untold delays. The best place would be in the Hertswood School grounds. However, Maxwell Park would be an ideal place for a proper theatre and perhaps facilities for the community to use. Palma21
  • Score: 5

2:07pm Fri 28 Mar 14

SusieBW says...

Least preferred option? It shouldn't even BE an option. It's an unsuitable site for a primary school anyway, with great traffic congestion already at certain times of the day. Hertswood Academy site would indeed be a better place for a primary school. and as it's going to be redeveloped shortly, now is a good time to include it in the plans.. Neither should the Park be reduced in size by nearly half, as shown in the plans. We all, but especially children, need these green play and leisure spaces. But most of all, we NEED that Community Centre. If it goes, the majority of it's Clubs, classes, activites will have to close altogether, as there just isn't the space in other existing Centres in the town - including No 96.Just look at their website to see what we'd lose. It's functions well, it's in good condition, it's well run, it's well used, it's self-financing. Why should we be deprived of it?
Least preferred option? It shouldn't even BE an option. It's an unsuitable site for a primary school anyway, with great traffic congestion already at certain times of the day. Hertswood Academy site would indeed be a better place for a primary school. and as it's going to be redeveloped shortly, now is a good time to include it in the plans.. Neither should the Park be reduced in size by nearly half, as shown in the plans. We all, but especially children, need these green play and leisure spaces. But most of all, we NEED that Community Centre. If it goes, the majority of it's Clubs, classes, activites will have to close altogether, as there just isn't the space in other existing Centres in the town - including No 96.Just look at their website to see what we'd lose. It's functions well, it's in good condition, it's well run, it's well used, it's self-financing. Why should we be deprived of it? SusieBW
  • Score: 7

7:25pm Thu 3 Apr 14

flicker says...

The community is non existent nowdays, that place belong to the people! The old village hall was knocked down, the old nursery behind it. These were all part of the community. The events that used to be held in the village hall. That horrible new building! Looks like a sore thumb stuck in the middle, poxy excuse for a museum! !!
The community is non existent nowdays, that place belong to the people! The old village hall was knocked down, the old nursery behind it. These were all part of the community. The events that used to be held in the village hall. That horrible new building! Looks like a sore thumb stuck in the middle, poxy excuse for a museum! !! flicker
  • Score: 0

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