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Kingsgate Primary School expansion lauded despite “teething problems” over travel arrangements

PUBLISHED: 11:25 14 September 2017

Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead. Credit: Philip Wolmuth

Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead. Credit: Philip Wolmuth

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A school expansion has been lauded by Camden Council, despite “teething problems” over travel arrangements around the site.

The council has expanded Kingsgate Primary School to create up to 420 new school places at a new site on Liddell Road, now known as Liddell Place, as part of its Community Investment Programme (CIP).

West Hampstead Cllr Phil Rosenberg has described the new school building as a “fantastic educational premises”, but stressed that the new site does not have the capacity for children to come by car, and that they should use the transport network or walk, in order “to be considerate to the school’s new neighbours”.

He said: “I understand from residents that there have been teething problems in terms of the transport arrangements.

“I have raised this with the relevant cabinet members and I hope that this will be sorted with all due haste.

“For years, there have been shortages of school places in the northwest of the borough. Through Camden Labour’s determination and creativity we now have this fantastic new resource which officer reports show will give our area a surplus of school places for the foreseeable future. This is a fantastic achievement in very difficult times.

Also championing the development was Cllr Angela Mason, the council’s cabinet member for children, who was given a tour of the new classrooms and facilities earlier this week.

She said: “An enthusiastic parent I spoke to described the brand new building at Kingsgate School as ‘like a children’s palace’, and there’s no doubt the new building gives wonderful spaces for children to learn.

“Kingsgate is an outstanding school with a great head and wonderful teachers. Now children will also have the benefit of light modern classrooms and a fantastic new playground.”

Overall the council has pledged to deliver 3,050 new homes across the borough, including 1,400 affordable homes, and to invest

£117million into schools and children’s centres and provide 9,000 square metres of improved community facilities – the equivalent of 35 tennis courts.

What do you think about the new school building? E-mail education editor James Scott (james.scott@archant.co.uk).

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