School loss huge blow to res­i­dents

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

BRAVO, Shuaib Khan.

Your let­ter mir­rors ex­actly the sen­ti­ments I have heard from very many res­i­dents of Bret­ton.

I dis­trib­uted the Fo­cus news­let­ter re­port­ing on draft plans to build a new school in Bret­ton and lament­ing the stu­pid­ity of those who de­cided to close Bret­ton Woods School.

I am pleased that this has sparked a de­bate on the sub­ject.

I would like to ex­pand on one as­pect of your let­ter: the “com­mu­nity-less Bret­ton”.

Al­most ev­ery­one I have spo­ken to laments the loss of the school for the com­mu­nity no less than for the chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

The school pro­vided a fo­cus for the Bret­ton com­mu­nity.

There was a vi­brant swim­ming club, folk dance club, line danc­ing, var­i­ous U3A groups met there and there were at least 20 ses­sions of mu­sic teach­ing and prac­tice af­ter school hours.

I ex­pect that there were also many other ac­tiv­i­ties that helped to make the school the cen­tre of our com­mu­nity.

All of this was lost to Bret­ton when the school was de­mol­ished.

Some ac­tiv­i­ties have ceased com­pletely, while some have moved to other ar­eas.

For ex­am­ple, Peter­bor­ough Folk Dance Club now meets in Marholm, but this is not ac­ces­si­ble to those with­out pri­vate trans­port.

The site cur­rently ear­marked for the new school, if it is ever built, is at the edge of Bret­ton so will not be as ac­ces­si­ble as Bret­ton Woods.

MAL­COLM POL­LACK Peter­bor­ough Lib­eral Democrats

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