Contractors Named For Potential Dundonald School Expansion

Work still dependent on legal challenge

Councillors have named their preferred contractors for potential work to expand Dundonald Primary School in Wimbledon.

The controversial scheme to expand the primary school into Dundonald Rec would see the school increase in size from a one-form entry to a two-form entry school, by replacing Dundonald Recreation Ground's pavilion with a two-storey building.

The plans, put forward as part of a series of measures to find more primary school places in the Wimbledon area, will result in an extra 210 places.

The scheme has been opposed by a number of local residents and the Protect Dundonald Rec group was set up to campaign against it.

Now Merton Council's cabinet has voted to enter into a construction contract with FM Conway Limited for the first phase of the external works planned - subject to the result of Judicial Reviews into the scheme, which took place last month.

It is also subject to a later review of benefits and risks, as well as an application for a Judicial Review of the planning decision. But if, the scheme continues, construction work could start this summer.

Former Cabinet Member for Eduction, Councillor Peter Walker, said: "The decision to award the contract to start the expansion is a victory for local children in Wimbledon and their parents."

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June 19, 2014