Big night for Rokeby schools fight is this Wednesday

Passions are still running high about the threat to Rokeby's green space NNL-160919-113012001
Passions are still running high about the threat to Rokeby's green space NNL-160919-113012001

Rokeby residents will get chance to find out the state of play over the controversial plans for two new schools in their part of town this week.

They have received letters inviting them to an exhibition at Rokeby Primary School this Wednesday, September 21, from 4 to 7pm.

It says the evening: “...will provide the local community with the opportunity to view information about the schools and discuss issues with the project team.”

The letter says it is on behalf of Warwickshire County Council and the Education Funding Agency (EFA). But it was sent by Connect Communications, a high-profile communications agency based in Millbank Tower, London.

A spokesman for Connect said it had been appointed, “by the planning consultant to assist with the resident survey and exhibition.”

And he added: “The exhibition will provide information on the outline planning application for the proposed schools. The exhibition gives the local community the opportunity to see the outline plans and meet with the EFA and trusts.

“This stage is focused on the principle of development. Further detailed plans will only be developed and submitted if outline approval is given.”

Connect claims a track record of success in getting results for developers and explained its success to the Advertiser: “Proposals for development are much more likely to succeed if the local community have a proper opportunity to be involved in the planning process and our approach to organising surveys and exhibitions helps to make sure that people can have their say.”

Rokeby residents will wait with interest to see the response if they have their say and it is against the plans.