Air Quality Warning Over Planned New South Wimbledon School

Planning permission looms for new school on High Path

Controversial plans to build a new secondary school on High Path in South Wimbledon have been criticised for the likely impact on local air quality.

Merton Council is next month set to give planning permission for the Harris Federation to build a new free school, close to the existing Merton Abbey primary school.

Separate re-development work has already started on the High Path estate, which will double the local population and is expected to add to traffic in the area.

Merton Abbey primary school is already on the list of '50 most polluted school sites in London' in a report prepared for the Mayor of London earlier this year, and a number of residents (pictured below) have already protested about the plans for a new school in the area.

Merton Abbey primary school protest

The head teacher of Merton Abbey primary school, Michael Bradley is quoted in the Mayor’s report as being "very concerned about the impact that the additional school on High Path will have on the transport network and air quality."

Former Merton Councillor Peter Walker said, "
The Mayor must act now if he is to stop the building of a new school if he is serious about stopping our children being poisoned by London’s traffic.”

October 2, 2018