Letter and email to Eric Pickles opposing proposed super school

Email from a Stortford resident and parent to Eric Pickles (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government)

Re: Proposal to re-site two schools in Bishop's Stortford

Bishop's Stortford Schools Merger Proposal

Dear Eric,

Having lived in Bishop’s Stortford for over 40 years, I’ve seen the town's heart gradually removed and destroyed by a series of bizarre planning decisions, that simply do not fit in with the market town which Stortford once was and without any forethought for the infrastructure requirements.

Three classic examples of this are:

  1. The Causeway building; not in keeping with the architecture of the town, seemingly half used and orange!
  2. The Cinema / Gym Complex; an eyesore again not in keeping with the town, accessed from the centre of town over a bridge with a foot path that can accommodate one person wide at a time – how no one’s been killed yet I don’t know.
  3. The old Sainsbury’s car park; touted as being a development that would focus on one of the key features in town – the River Stort. The River Stort is now hidden behind flats!

I am therefore writing to object to the above proposals, to voice my concerns in the hope that I can influence a decision which I believe the town would come to regret. My reasons for objecting are outlined below:

I have a daughter just starting secondary school and a son who will be 11 in 2 years' time – I want great education for my children and Stortford offers this already (and has done since I went to school locally in the 70’s).

This move must not take place as I can perceive no benefits associated with the plans.


Richard Booth

CC: Mark Prisk, MP