Construction has begun at controversial Nightingale Primary School, a new school in Hackney Downs. Borough leaders attended the ceremony, last Wednesday.
Nightingale Primary School has been a source of controversy over recent months. Due to a lack of government funds, the cost of the school has been covered by the construction of a 14 story block of 264 flats for private sale. This decision received significant objection from local residents and the Hackney Society. They criticised the scale of the development and the loss of land.
The new school is being built on Tiger Street in Hackney Downs, on the old site of Downsville School. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018.
Residents also complained about being overlooked by the proposed high-rise building, but the plans were given the go-ahead, despite the council citing a lack of government funds.
This groundbreaking ceremony at Nightingale Primary School, a two-form entry school for 420 pupils, was attended by the Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville. Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble, and Councillors for Hackney Downs Sem Moema and Michael Desmond, were also present.
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Mr Desmond said: “It is disappointing there are no government funds available for projects like this. Hackney needs new schools to meet increasing demand and has to fund them somehow.
“This project will help to regenerate the area, increase spending power in the local community and hopefully add to its vibrancy.”