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Public Private Partnerships (PPP) & Schools
23 October 05
Are You Aware Of The PPP Issues?
We begin this new section with the publication of a report on the loss off Green Spaces and how many of them in the areas of schools are being sold off to private developers in exchange for new school building. This may not be problem in Caithness yet but PPP schools are certainly coming into highland with major programme of new school building coming under these new arrangements. the question sis do you the public understand what is happening to the schools and the land they stand on.
The government and the Scottish Executive is certainly pushing this but many others are afraid that we are losing control of the properties and losing green spaces in many areas for housing and other building allowing developers access to green space once used by the whole community.
Is this the best way to get new schools, hospitals and other public buildings. Perhaps it is but is the price of losing ownership and the loss of green and open spaces the right price to pay. We are being told it is the only way to obtain new schools. Below is a link to the Highland Councils proposals for PP2 in schools.
23 October 2005
What Are Public Private Partnerships? - BBC 12/2/03
Campaign Against PFI/PPP
PPP2 Proposals For Highland -
Ross & Cromarty
Ross & Cromarty
Ross & Cromarty
|THE IMPACT OF
PPP SCHOOLS PROJECTS ON SCOTLAND’S GREENSPACE
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Report (Pdf file)
PPP funded schools modernisation projects are damaging Scotland’s parks and playing fields. A green area equivalent to 180 full-size football pitches is being used for new schools, involving parkland, playing fields, recreation grounds, amenity space and informal greenspace.
This is happening largely to suit the interests of multinational developers, aided by some Councils which are using questionable tactics to get around national planning guidance.
These are the results of the first-ever national survey of every Scottish Council on the impact of PPP schools modernisation being published on Tuesday, 18 October by a Community Action Group based in South Lanarkshire, and which is being sent to every Government Minister and MSP.
Across Scotland, 30 of Scotland’s 32 Councils are using PPP to rebuild or refurbish around 300 schools by 2009. In order to satisfy the preference of multinational construction companies for new-build rather than refurbishments, Councils are rebuilding a significant proportion of new schools in new locations, often on greenfield sites. Many Councils are also selling the existing school sites – including open space, such as playing fields – for housing development.
The results of a HWCAG survey covering 30 Councils and 268 schools suggests that c.130 ha (c.320 acres) of public greenspace across Scotland is currently earmarked for development, or is already being built on, as a result of schools PPP projects. Equivalent to over 180 full-size football pitches, this loss of open space encompasses, parkland, playing fields, recreation grounds, amenity space and informal greenspace.
This is happening predominantly in the urban areas in and around the Central Belt – in South Lanarkshire, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh – but also in Stirling, the Highlands, Aberdeen, Dundee and Clackmannanshire.
The sale of over 140 school sites is also leading to a reduction in the net stock of open space in urban areas, an increase in housing density and a decrease in the accessibility of facilities.
This is happening for three reasons.
Lanarkshire: Chris Kelly, Chair, Holmhills Wood Community Park Action
Stirling: Murray Dickie, Torbrex Community Council. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlands (Dingwall): Morris Grant, Vice-Chair, Dingwall Community Council. Email: email@example.com