Decision looms over Welsh School’s relocation to a Wembley Park
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Pressure is mounting not to relocate England’s only Welsh School to a park in Wembley as more than 160 people have added their names to a petition.
A planning committee will decide tonight (Wednesday) if the London Welsh School, in Shakespeare Avenue, Stonebridge should move to an unused bowling pavilion within King Edward VII park, in Park Lane.
All three Preston Ward councillors Cllr Matthew Bradley, Cllr Jean Hossain and Cllr Patricia Harrison have signed the petition launched by Friends of King Eddies Park (FKEP), who wish the building and its adjoining land to be used by the community.
Cllr Sam Stopp, who represents Wembley Central and Stonebridge’s Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi have also signed.
Cllr Bradley commented: “I am convinced that there are other options for development and that the current proposal does not fit in with the desires of the community.”
Cllr Harrison said parks were the wrong places in which to place schools while
Cllr Hossain said: “This park should be available for recreation for the whole community, we should not consider slicing bits off for special interest groups.”
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At the weekend campaigners for FKEP tied a long sign reading “Save Our Park” against a resident’s fence facing Park Lane.
Denise Cheong, chair of FKEP said: “We want the Bowls Pavilion to stay as a Bowl’s Club and be a community space.”
Sports and recreation use of King Edward VII Park is protected by the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust Award.
In 2012 the Council entered a deed of dedication for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which is registered at the Land Registry.
The deed states that King Edward VII Park is held as a “public playing field and recreation ground, inclusive of a bowling club and sports pavilion” in perpetuity.
Current proposals submitted to Brent council includes the lease of the Bowls Pavilion and the construction of an extra storey to accommodate the independent school’s 30 pupils.
The London Welsh School, the only Welsh speaking school outside of Wales apart from Ysgol yr Hendre in Trelew in Patagonia, Argentina, has been in Brent since 1958 and faces losing its current home through plans to expand Stonebridge Primary School.