Everybody seems to have been taken completely by surprise by the news that the Education Funding Agency is supporting plans by the King’s Free School (a C of E school secondary school) to build on BHASVIC field. EFA Statement re Kings School Site1_000
Clearly this will have quite an impact on the area, especially on those living to the south of Old Shoreham Road, and many people have been actively involved in the Friends of the Field campaign to keep the field open to the public: https://www.facebook.com/friendsoffield?filter=2.
But what is the likely impact on Dyke Road Park itself? Our small green space will be completely surrounded by buildings/roads, and even more heavily used. At the same time it will have an increasingly vital role to play in terms of providing habitat for wildlife, and a space in which we can enjoy being out in the fresh air.
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This document, passed on by Chris Thomson, Principal of BHASVIC, gives an indication of the area proposed for the new school grounds, which is that marked (5) on this pdf. Cardinal Newman-BHASVIC-Site Area Estimates-April 2013
And here you can read an article in the Independent making clear the opposition of the heads of BHASVIC and Cardinal Newman, as well as of local residents, to the proposal: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/hove-vs-gove-education-secretary-michael-gove-accused-of-ignoring-local-wishes-with-plans-to-build-new-free-school-on-playing-fields-8605135.html?origin=internalSearch