Say NO to Route 39
Route 39 have had their planning application for Steart Farm as the permanent site for their 700 pupil secondary school REJECTED by 8 votes to 1.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to everyone who has written in.
The appeal is now in and the deadline for further comments is 7th January 2015.
Parents Let Down
Following the 8-1 rejection of their planning application for Steart Farm, Route 39 are now going to appeal.
The appeal process could take several months, and with Gove gone and a general election due next May, it is by no means certain approval will be forthcoming. So a permanent school is still years away.
This means children currently in Years 9 and 10, and those coming up in Years 7 and 8, will be studying for their GCSEs in temporary, cramped accommodation.
Compare what is being offered by Bideford College, with their extensive, university standard facilities, and the excellent exam results of Holsworthy Community College, and one wonders why ANY parent should chose to disadvantage their child by opting for experimental Route 39.
The trustees have mishandled the whole planning procedure from beginning to end, badly letting down the parents who were led to believe the school would offer their child an outstanding, state-of-the-art education.
By refusing to consider a plan B, and by alienating the local community, Parish Councils and Consultees, the Trustees have shown a blinkered arrogance that beggars belief.
The exceptionally high attrition rate is evidence of the disillusionment and dissatisfaction felt amongst Route 39 parents. Trying the school for a few weeks (or, in some cases, only a few days) many of them have removed their child and returned to the established local schools.
So far the Trustees have put a spin on every failure, but how long can this farce go on before even the most faithful turn their backs on them?
Do not let Route 39 destroy
our precious AONB