Listen up, Tadpole Farm - your new school’s not ready yet

The site at Tadpole Lane where the school will be built. Picture: DAVE COX

Construction work still ongoing at the Redhouse estate where a temporary school will be housed in the community centre – when it is built. Picture: DAVE COX

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

BUILDING delays at the new primary school at Tadpole Farm mean pupils won’t be able to start there in September.

Instead they will be taught for at least the first term at the Redhouse Community Centre – which hasn’t been built yet either.

The school was due to be part of the 1,700 home development in North Swindon but was moved forward because of a desperate shortage of school places.

But because of the bad weather, an access road to the site from Tadpole Lane, was not completed in time so the school will not be ready.

As a result, Section 106 money will be used to build a community centre in Redhouse which will house the school until the school is finished, hopefully by January 2015. When the school moves into its intended site a committee will be set up to run the community centre.

Council Leader David Renard (Con, Haydon Wick) said: “When we found out that the weather had been so bad it had put the building of the access road back we had to consider a number of other options. We looked at the numbers and it is still obvious we need to build another school in North Swindon.

“We have wanted to build a community centre in Redhouse for some time and this has proved to be the best option.

“It will be funded from section 106 money so will not cost the council any more money while giving the community something after. We had looked at putting temporary classrooms at Redhouse but it would have cost us about £350,000 and left us with nothing.”

Planning permission has already been granted for the community centre, which will be built on land opposite the village centre. It will house about 40 pupils. Work should start next month.

The school will be run by the Diocese of Bristol. Director of education John Swainston said: “While obviously not where we would have wanted to be, this is the next best thing and we are happy this has been resolved.

“Our biggest concern was that we would not have been able to house a nursery but we will be able to.”

There has been some uncertainty over the Redhouse Community Centre after the land was purchased from developers Crest at a reduced rate following negotiations with the ward councillors. Just over £850,000, obtained from planners, is going to be used to build the centre.

Coun Vera Tomlinson (Con, St Andrews) said: “In the long-term this will be a massive benefit to the community.

“There was always likely to be a risk there would be a delay and the weather we have had has made that certain.

“Fortunately, the community centre is ideal for the school and permission has already been granted.”

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7:56am Thu 20 Mar 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Anyone surprised......?

Whats the betting the houses they had concessions to build will be ready though...!
Anyone surprised......? Whats the betting the houses they had concessions to build will be ready though...! LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 8

7:58am Thu 20 Mar 14

Al Smith says...

If only they had built this school first (in an area where it is desperately needed) and waited to build the croft primary (which is supposedly taking pupils from outside catchment to make up numbers and was allegedly built using some of N. Swindon's s106 money).
If only they had built this school first (in an area where it is desperately needed) and waited to build the croft primary (which is supposedly taking pupils from outside catchment to make up numbers and was allegedly built using some of N. Swindon's s106 money). Al Smith
  • Score: 7

10:57am Thu 20 Mar 14

Robh says...

The Croft school was built to stir up the front garden development which had stalled. It is all deceit and lies and conmen in the planning office.
The Croft school was built to stir up the front garden development which had stalled. It is all deceit and lies and conmen in the planning office. Robh
  • Score: 4

11:46am Thu 20 Mar 14

Al Smith says...

Robh wrote:
The Croft school was built to stir up the front garden development which had stalled. It is all deceit and lies and conmen in the planning office.
Ironically Wichelstowe already had a primary school, there may have been a need in the Old Townish area, but there's no way the need was as great as that in N. Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: The Croft school was built to stir up the front garden development which had stalled. It is all deceit and lies and conmen in the planning office.[/p][/quote]Ironically Wichelstowe already had a primary school, there may have been a need in the Old Townish area, but there's no way the need was as great as that in N. Swindon. Al Smith
  • Score: 6

11:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

rabbitrr says...

Well, tadpole lane has now FINALLY reopened and what a disaster. With the two islands(?) now sticking out in the road, both of which are very close to bends, with no signs and unlit it's an accident just waiting to happen.

The road was bad enough before with the junction onto the B4553 where the idiots coming out of the lane on the right totally IGNORE the clearly marked give way markings on the road and signs that CLEARLY show the traffic on Tadpole Lane have priority over them (order of priority is B4553 then Tadpole Lane and then the joining lane).

It's pretty much a daily event where I almost get rammed in the side by a car coming out of the side road without looking or I have to take severe avoiding action to avoid going into them as they cross the front of the truck.

One day, they won't be so lucky and will get 3 tonne of 4x4 in through the passenger door!
Well, tadpole lane has now FINALLY reopened and what a disaster. With the two islands(?) now sticking out in the road, both of which are very close to bends, with no signs and unlit it's an accident just waiting to happen. The road was bad enough before with the junction onto the B4553 where the idiots coming out of the lane on the right totally IGNORE the clearly marked give way markings on the road and signs that CLEARLY show the traffic on Tadpole Lane have priority over them (order of priority is B4553 then Tadpole Lane and then the joining lane). It's pretty much a daily event where I almost get rammed in the side by a car coming out of the side road without looking or I have to take severe avoiding action to avoid going into them as they cross the front of the truck. One day, they won't be so lucky and will get 3 tonne of 4x4 in through the passenger door! rabbitrr
  • Score: 0

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