What are your views on this?
My Grandaughter has been refused a place at Whitchurch Primary school, it has gone to appeal, but still she got refused.
I feel so strongly about this as we are a Whitchurch family, my husband has lived here for 45 years, and I have been here for 43 years, our three children were born and brought up here, attending all the usual local groups brownies, beavers, cubs, guides and scouts etc. All three have gone to Whitchurch primary school and then onto Testbourne. In fact my daughter used to be a leader at Brownies, and now runs the after school club, and my other daughter and son used to be lifeguards at Testbourne swimming pool, all three helping out in the community!
However my son got married and had to move to Andover with his wife as they couldn’t afford any property in Whitchurch! They have both worked really hard buying and renovating their property to enable them to afford the move back into Whitchurch. Early this year they achieved their dream to buy a property here and moved into their home at the Knowlings.
Their eldest daughter is in year 1 at Whitchurch primary, but sadly their youngest child who is due to start school in September has been refused a place, the school is full and the local authority has offered her a place at Overton instead; they will fund her transport (would you send a four year old in a taxi by herself?)
What is going to happen if anyone else moves into Whitchurch, will Overton have spaces for them?
I would be happy to hear others’ comments.
Pressure on Whitchurch services
With local services such as the surgery, schools and transport being stretched, 350 more houses planned, and a Neighbourhood Plan now underway, Borough, County and Town Councillors have been asked to comment, as all are involved in Housing, Planning, and Education issues.
Their replies will be posted here when received.