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Children's education at risk by delays'

PUBLISHED: 18:03 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:50 25 August 2010

A COUNCIL is putting children s education at risk as building work to build new schools has been delayed, it is claimed. Conservatives have slammed Greenwich council for its handling of the Building Schools for the Future programme, which includes the ma

A COUNCIL is putting children's education at risk as building work to build new schools has been delayed, it is claimed.

Conservatives have slammed Greenwich council for its handling of the Building Schools for the Future programme, which includes the major overhaul of Thomas Tallis, The John Roan and Crown Woods as well as the refurbishment of Plumstead and Eltham Hill.

They say the project should have been completed by this autumn but not one brick has been laid and delays are putting the scheme's funding in jeopardy.

Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, Spencer Drury, said: "There is something badly wrong when the council can't manage to even start building one new school in Greenwich and most others have completed and opened at least one.

"Labour claim they have started construction yet the only thing they have done, which they called 'urgent', is to put up a hoarding around Thomas Tallis, paint it in Greenwich council colours and not even clear the site to start work."

He added: "The council has delayed so long that it may not now be able to afford to build all the schools and is focusing instead on Thomas Tallis and Crown Woods.

"This is deceitful and disrespectful to the people of Greenwich. The education of hundreds of children is being put at risk by the incompetence of this council."

At Thomas Tallis and Crown Woods, the council has promised the development of state-of-the-art sports facilities which was selected as training camps for teams preparing for London 2012.

It is not clear if the delays will affect their Olympic obligations.

Leader of Greenwich council, Chris Roberts blamed the Conservatives for trying to scupper the plans.

Mr Roberts said: "Attempts by councillor Drury and his colleagues to frustrate two of the proposed schemes by opposing the planning applications have, unfortunately, added to the delays. We are now making real progress and site preparation is underway at Thomas Tallis and Crown Woods - the two sites that will be the first out of five developed in the borough."

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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