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Rosary Primary deserves emergency action from Camden

PUBLISHED: 16:47 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 07 September 2010

CAMDEN COUNCIL reportedly has more than £80million of cash reserves, and among its educational ambitions is a well-advanced plan to build a new academy of excellence in the borough. Apparently it has no end of money to spend on divers amusements like p

CAMDEN COUNCIL reportedly has more than £80million of cash reserves, and among its educational ambitions is a well-advanced plan to build a new 'academy of excellence' in the borough.

Apparently it has no end of money to spend on divers amusements like producing its own publicity, installing unnecessary and unwanted traffic calming measures, and increasing the salaries of its own members while many of its residents are fighting to keep the wolf from the door.

Yet it cannot find the money to ease the misery of children who have to put up with cramped and dismal conditions following last summer's fire at Rosary Catholic Primary School on Haverstock Hill.

Conditions for some of the youngest pupils are very possibly illegal, yet the council says it has allocated all the money available in its capital programme to seven other schools. It can't guarantee at this time that Rosary will be included in the next round of funding, due to be announced in April.

Doesn't the council realise that this is an emergency situation? And if it is not able to respond adequately to something as dramatic as a school fire under its current procedures, then something needs to change to enable it to be more responsive when unforeseen circumstances arise in schools for which it has a responsibility.

Luckily the entire school didn't burn down in the fire, but what if it had? Would the council still be treading water?

Understandably the headteacher, her staff, the governors and the parents are angry about the council's dithering, but it is the children we feel most sorry for. What a sad and unsatisfactory introduction this is to their educational careers in the borough of Camden.


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