'Concerning'- Hertswood Academy plans on show

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Plans for a new Hertswood Academy that will “change Hertsmere forever” went on display today.

The school in Thrift Farm Lane, Borehamwood, will be bulldozed to make way for new housing – but not everyone is keen on the proposals.

The new design went on show at 96 Shenley Road at 2pm today.

Under the plans, the lower school site in Cowley Hill, Borehamwood, will be redeveloped to create one school building for 1,400 pupils, including 200 sixth form students.

The Ark Theatre and the sports hall will also be demolished and rebuilt, however the existing squash courts will not be.

Sports hall user Peter Cull said: “As a user of the squash courts, I can’t believe this. It’s quite concerning this hasn’t been included in the new provision.”

However headteacher Peter Gillett said: “It’s an amazing opportunity for the community to get behind a very exciting project.

“I think it will be a very unbelievable opportunity, just educationally and for the wider facilities. It’s a superb project.

“The consultation is very important to share their views and to encourage them to offer suggestions, to make it even better than proposed.”

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1:20am Sat 21 Jun 14

EP Herts says...

Don't take their word for it. How many years was it between the venue being demolised and the ark being built. It will be smaller and have less amenities! Well that's won me over..... NOT!

The government are always harping on about obesity and lack of exercise to what do Hertsmere do? Close down the sports hall ... Amazing

Stop trying to cram all the children at the school into one site. It's not fair, all the speaches about improving education and then you treat them like cattle.

It's not an amazing opportunity, it's just a few people lining their own pockets at the expense of everyone else.
Don't take their word for it. How many years was it between the venue being demolised and the ark being built. It will be smaller and have less amenities! Well that's won me over..... NOT! The government are always harping on about obesity and lack of exercise to what do Hertsmere do? Close down the sports hall ... Amazing Stop trying to cram all the children at the school into one site. It's not fair, all the speaches about improving education and then you treat them like cattle. It's not an amazing opportunity, it's just a few people lining their own pockets at the expense of everyone else. EP Herts
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4:31am Sat 21 Jun 14

chelseaboy says...

This (Holmshill) was a great school and one of a new breed when opened in 1958/9, I now feel for my old school and wish you all good luck in overturning the process.
This (Holmshill) was a great school and one of a new breed when opened in 1958/9, I now feel for my old school and wish you all good luck in overturning the process. chelseaboy
  • Score: -6

3:20pm Sat 21 Jun 14

hawks77 says...

these plans are unbelieveable, take a look at the packed housing on such a small space, no park, no open space, no plans for traffic and parking, why not leave one of the school fields for the benefit of residents, perhaps put some outdoor sports facilities so that the kids in the new houses can play outdoors... make no mistake this is all about money, I can't imagine how much has been wasted buiding the ARK and then pulling it down - who paid for this.. tax payers thats who! I aslo see the sports centre is going and becoming part of the school - if the population is increasing we should be putting in more facilities not less!
these plans are unbelieveable, take a look at the packed housing on such a small space, no park, no open space, no plans for traffic and parking, why not leave one of the school fields for the benefit of residents, perhaps put some outdoor sports facilities so that the kids in the new houses can play outdoors... make no mistake this is all about money, I can't imagine how much has been wasted buiding the ARK and then pulling it down - who paid for this.. tax payers thats who! I aslo see the sports centre is going and becoming part of the school - if the population is increasing we should be putting in more facilities not less! hawks77
  • Score: 7

10:17am Sun 22 Jun 14

david Burcombe says...

I do not like the plans as they are giving enough information and the ARK will be smaller than the existing.
Look at the plans for 307 homes packed in like sardines with no amenities no park no health centre no convenience store etc
How will the village cope with the situation re infrastructure Power cuts are regular now water pressure is inadequate and traffic gridlock. How will the people of Thrift farm road be happy with extra traffic coming up their narrow road
I do not like the plans as they are giving enough information and the ARK will be smaller than the existing. Look at the plans for 307 homes packed in like sardines with no amenities no park no health centre no convenience store etc How will the village cope with the situation re infrastructure Power cuts are regular now water pressure is inadequate and traffic gridlock. How will the people of Thrift farm road be happy with extra traffic coming up their narrow road david Burcombe
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9:48pm Mon 23 Jun 14

wezils says...

Well thank you all those people who keep voting the Conservatives in. Pretty shortly Borehamwood will be completely covered in housing with hundreds of places to get a take away, but no other amenities such as doctors, dentists, open spaces, public toilets, sports halls (just council run expensive gyms) and complete gridlock on the roads!!! Again THANKS!!
Well thank you all those people who keep voting the Conservatives in. Pretty shortly Borehamwood will be completely covered in housing with hundreds of places to get a take away, but no other amenities such as doctors, dentists, open spaces, public toilets, sports halls (just council run expensive gyms) and complete gridlock on the roads!!! Again THANKS!! wezils
  • Score: -4

10:29pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Believe in better says...

wezils wrote:
Well thank you all those people who keep voting the Conservatives in. Pretty shortly Borehamwood will be completely covered in housing with hundreds of places to get a take away, but no other amenities such as doctors, dentists, open spaces, public toilets, sports halls (just council run expensive gyms) and complete gridlock on the roads!!! Again THANKS!!
Such a narrow minded and ill informed response. The planning committee are made up people from all serving parties... How about finding out about how the process is conducted before condemning just one party. If you had bothered attending any of the meetings you would know about the historical planning process that went into this latest round of planning. The local community made decisions about where they wanted and did not want development in Hertsmere. Do try to keep up!
[quote][p][bold]wezils[/bold] wrote: Well thank you all those people who keep voting the Conservatives in. Pretty shortly Borehamwood will be completely covered in housing with hundreds of places to get a take away, but no other amenities such as doctors, dentists, open spaces, public toilets, sports halls (just council run expensive gyms) and complete gridlock on the roads!!! Again THANKS!![/p][/quote]Such a narrow minded and ill informed response. The planning committee are made up people from all serving parties... How about finding out about how the process is conducted before condemning just one party. If you had bothered attending any of the meetings you would know about the historical planning process that went into this latest round of planning. The local community made decisions about where they wanted and did not want development in Hertsmere. Do try to keep up! Believe in better
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12:54am Thu 26 Jun 14

watfordman says...

peter gillet lives in another part of herts where there not building thousands of houses , this council is turning borehamwood into a minin london . madness , how will the doctors ,schools , roads cope with this massive influx of people 1 word madness.tory housebuilding mates need profits before there voted out, clappison out 2016
peter gillet lives in another part of herts where there not building thousands of houses , this council is turning borehamwood into a minin london . madness , how will the doctors ,schools , roads cope with this massive influx of people 1 word madness.tory housebuilding mates need profits before there voted out, clappison out 2016 watfordman
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12:47pm Thu 26 Jun 14

John_W says...

wezils wrote:
Well thank you all those people who keep voting the Conservatives in. Pretty shortly Borehamwood will be completely covered in housing with hundreds of places to get a take away, but no other amenities such as doctors, dentists, open spaces, public toilets, sports halls (just council run expensive gyms) and complete gridlock on the roads!!! Again THANKS!!
John Prescott wanted to build 3,600 houses in Borehamwood, and Frank Ward supported it.
[quote][p][bold]wezils[/bold] wrote: Well thank you all those people who keep voting the Conservatives in. Pretty shortly Borehamwood will be completely covered in housing with hundreds of places to get a take away, but no other amenities such as doctors, dentists, open spaces, public toilets, sports halls (just council run expensive gyms) and complete gridlock on the roads!!! Again THANKS!![/p][/quote]John Prescott wanted to build 3,600 houses in Borehamwood, and Frank Ward supported it. John_W
  • Score: 6

1:42pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Unsullied says...

New housing is needed everywhere in the UK to accommodate the massive current increase and continuing future increase of the UK population due to the free movement of peoples across the EU that the odious Blair signed the Uk up to.

If the UK was in control of its own laws and borders the current housing crisis would not have arisen.
New housing is needed everywhere in the UK to accommodate the massive current increase and continuing future increase of the UK population due to the free movement of peoples across the EU that the odious Blair signed the Uk up to. If the UK was in control of its own laws and borders the current housing crisis would not have arisen. Unsullied
  • Score: 3

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