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Could former care home be site for new Surbiton school?

A former care home could be home to Surbiton’s new free school after complaints that the current proposed site in central Kingston is “completely inappropriate”.

Newent House, in Brown’s Road, is one of “three or four” options in Surbiton being looked at as a potential school site, according to council leader Kevin Davis. Surbiton councillor Malcolm Self proposed the building as a potential school site at Kingston Council’s growth committee on Wednesday after officers said the building should be deemed “surplus to requirements” and sold off.

The Education Funding Authority (EFA) has bought Swan House, in High Street, to be Surbiton’s new free school. But parents, councillors and residents have complained the building has no playing fields or parking, is on a main road and in Kingston town centre and not Surbiton.

Councillors voted to overrule residents’ concerns about parking in 2014 to bring adult education services to Newent House. While councillors all agreed that the former care home would be far more suitable than Swan House they also agreed that parking would be a significant issue for residents.


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