Residents view plans for redevelopment of Hampden Park school

PROPOSALS to create a school in Hampden Park for youngsters who cannot attend mainstream education have been viewed by local residents.

East Sussex County Council is planning to turn the former Hampden Park Infant School, which merged with Highfield to become Heron Park in September 2011, in to College Central.

The college will cater for children who have been excluded from mainstream schools or those who do not have a school place. There will be up to 40 pupils at the site in Brodrick Road.

Youngsters currently attending the colleges at Park Lane, Eastbourne, and Mountfield Road in Lewes.

The county council would like to have the buildings redeveloped in time for the new school year in September 2012.

A council spokesperson said, “As part of the scheme we have submitted a planning application to demolish a 1950s concrete extension to the building.

“None of the site is being sold off and we want to ensure the site is brought back into educational use as soon as possible.

“The buildings will be refurbished and redeveloped to provide improved and more suitable facilities for those young people accessing College Central, assisting their integration back into mainstream education.”

Plans for the refurbishment were on display on Friday (January 6). They showed how the demolition of the concrete extension will change the front of the buildings. Officers also explained details of the alterations and the way in which College Central will operate on the site. The council says the new college is not likely to have a negative impact on local residents.

The spokesperson said, “It will cater for up to a maximum of 40 pupils aged 11-16, compared with the previous 180 of the old infant school.

“There will, therefore, be a significant reduction in car traffic generated by College Central compared with the old infant school.

“College Central is inspected by Ofsted and is currently rated as good. The existing sites operate with no negative impact on the local residents.”