£10m Redbridge pro­ject gets coun­cil green light

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY SI­MON ROCKER

REDBRIDGE COUN­CIL has given the go-ahead for the bor­ough’s largest cap­i­tal pro­ject for the Jewish com­mu­nity.

Il­ford Jewish Pri­mary School is to be re­lo­cated on the site of the King Solomon High in Bark­ing­side in a £10 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment.

The move emerged out of a re­port into Jewish school­ing com­mis­sioned by the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil.

Jonathan Gold­stein, who chairs the pro­ject, wel­comed the coun­cil’s deci- sion as “great news for the Jewish com­mu­nity in Redbridge”.

The JLC, he said, would be “sup­port­ing this ef­fort — and is al­ready work­ing with the gov­er­nors of both schools to en­sure the de­vel­op­ment is com­pleted by Septem­ber 2013, when the new pri­mary school is ex­pected to open”.

A fundrais­ing drive would be launched to raise the £2 mil­lion needed to cover the gap be­tween the sale of the cur­rent pri­mary school premises and the new build­ing.

Clare Mehlman, vice-chair of the IJPS gov­er­nors, saw the move as “an enor­mous op­por­tu­nity to rein­vig­o­rate Jewish ed­u­ca­tion in this area and the whole com­mu­nity”.

She ac­knowl­edged the “enor­mous sup­port” of the JLC, which said the re­built school would be “the largest cap­i­tal pro­ject the Jewish com­mu­nity of Redbridge has ever seen”.

King Solomon head Spencer Lewis said that the school was “very ex­cited to be wel­com­ing IJPS to the cam­pus, which fur­ther demon­strates our part­ner­ship with other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions”.

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