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Lib Dems Put Forward Plan To Save School And Keep Milton Green

February 11, 2015 12:17 AM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

There is a strong campaign fuelled by local residents working together to help Keep Milton Green by opposing housing plans for the area which would see the closure of a school and a hospital.

In November, the Full Council asked for the Conservatives running the City Council to investigate a number of possible courses of action. Unfortunately, nothing has been forthcoming since then.

Lib Dem councillors have brought forward a fully-costed plan for helping to protect part of the green space and ensure that the Harbour School remains in Milton.

This is an idea which has garnered much public support. The Lib Dems are putting this plan to the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 10th February 2015 as part of their suggested amendment to the council's capital budget for 2015/16.

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Gerald Vernon-Jackson said "I hope that councillors from all parties can get behind local residents in the fight to keep Milton green."

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth South and Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Portsmouth City Council, commented:

"What we're suggesting is a plan which has been given the financial seal of approval by the council's professional finance officers. It is plan which ensures that the Harbour School is able to remain in Milton and that some green space is retained.

"We have identified £2.5 million which is currently proposed to be spent on refurbishing the Vanguard Centre in Cosham and moving the Harbour School in (from Milton). This money could be allocated to purchase land at St James' including the current Harbour School @ Milton, the Child Development Centre and the land around it. There would also be a further £750,000 available from the sale of the Vanguard Centre which could be added to the pot. The £3.25 million would need to fund both purchase and any refurbishment of the site and buildings. A senior teacher at the Harbour School (Milton) has told me that the amount of refurbishment needed is minimal. We have also been in direct contact with the NHS Property Company and they are willing to sell the land to the City Council. The price would be determined after two independent valuations of the land.

"I hope that councillors from all parties can get behind local residents in the fight to keep Milton green."