Underhill councillors invite residents to public meeting on Ark Academy plans

Labour Underhill councillors have organised a public meeting to enable local residents to hear about plans for a new Ark Academy school on the former Underhill football ground site. The meeting takes place at 7pm on 5 September at the Rainbow Centre, Dollis Valley Drive, EN5 2UN, and will be an opportunity for local people to raise any concerns they may have about the plans with both Ark and council officers.

The Department for Education has purchased the former Underhill football ground as the site for an academy school. Ark Pioneer Academy will be submitting plans to the London Borough of Barnet this Autumn. Labour councillors believe it is important that local residents are able to have their say on the future of the site.

Representatives from ARK have been invited to hear residents' views and answer questions. Council officers will also be present to provide background on school places in Barnet.

Underhill councillor, Jess Brayne said: "Many residents are extremely concerned about the impact this school would have on parking and traffic in the surrounding streets and wider area.

"This meeting is an opportunity for ARK and council officers to hear first hand from residents about those concerns.

"If this school is to be built it must be an asset to the local community, employing local staff, providing opportunities for all young people in the area, and meeting the infrastructure needs to support it.

"We encourage all residents to come along and discuss the plans with representatives from ARK. If you are unable to attend and would like to tell us about your views on the proposals please email office@barnetlabour.org.uk"

For more information contact Cllr Jess Brayne: cllr.j.brayne@barnet.gov.uk
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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