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Final exhibition for Newton Price Centre in central Watford before clasroom expansion
A final exhibition will be held in the Newton Price Centre this weekend, before it is turned into classrooms for Central Primary School.
In January, the centre, in Grosvenor Road, will be converted into four classrooms as part of a £30.99 million expansion of schools in south west Hertfordshire.
The plans have been drawn up in response to a projected shortfall of primary school places across Hertfordshire.
The deficit of primary places in Watford will increase to 162 by September 2015, and Central Primary School will take on an extra 30 pupils each year.
The centre is currently rented out by community groups, for everything from line dancing to Tai Chi.
Under the proposals, the centre’s gallery and kitchen area, used by local organisations, will be lost.
Virginia Gilmer will hang 17 watercolour paintings in the Grosvenor Road centre on Saturday, the final exhibition to be held there.
She said: "It’s going to be renovated so this is the last time there will be an exhibition there, because there won’t be any space. It’s a bit of a tragedy."
The expansion will create a further 204 permanent places in Hertfordshire from September next year.
In a report to the county council, Pauline Davis, head of school planning, said: "There continues to be a real and pressing need to provide primary school places across Hertfordshire.
"Not providing the premises to allow additional places to be offered will mean that very young children may be forced to access places some considerable distance from their homes."
A consultation into the two projects was conducted with local residents, politicians, union representatives, and other education establishments.
The response to both Oxhey Woods and Central Primary schools showed about 50 per cent of people supported the expansion.
Frances Button, cabinet member for education and skills, said: "With the increased number of primary aged child in Watford the county council is staying ahead of the game and looking to expand the number of places from 2014."
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