Residents rally to fight for own primary school

A RALLYING cry has gone out to residents of a town estate to fight plans to put homes on land earmarked for a school.

People from across the Middlemore estate gathered at the Middlemore Farm pub on Tuesday to show support for the campaign.

Ever since the estate masterplan was drawn up by Daventry District Council there had been land included for a primary school.

Many of the young families who moved onto the estate did so after being told there would soon be a school just a few minutes walk up the road.

But Northamptonshire County Council, the local education authority, has said there is no need for extra school places in Daventry.

Last week Daventry District Council announced it had put in a planning application to build 45 homes on the site, 13 of which would be social lets.

Denise Dean said: “I was looking online and I stumbled across this announcement from DDC.

“I got a message on the estate’s website, and on Saturday me and some helpers put leaflets through all the doors on the estate telling people about this meeting.”

Cllr Chris Long told the meeting: “This isn’t just a Middlemore problem. Parents from here have to take their children to primary schools across the town, and beyond, which adds to the problem of traffic near those sites.

“I don’t care where a school is built as long as the estate gets one.”

Karen Tweedale said: “Every morning you see a queue of young mums with their babies and toddlers waiting for a bus, which only comes once an hour, to take them to nurseries. Private buyers and the housing associations, have bought places here because of the promise of a school.”

Residents have been urged to sign up via to keep up-to-date with the campaign.