THE battle to prevent a school being built on Lake Farm Country Park is gathering pace, with opponents insisting the site of the former Hayes Pool is an ideal alternative.
The pool (pictured), not used since June 2010, was recently demolished. The land is ideally placed and big enough to accommodate a new school, according to Hayes MP John McDonnell.
But Hillingdon Council is offering the 2.4-acre site to developers, complete with planning permission for 72 flats.
More than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for protection of the green belt site off Botwell Lane in advance of the anticipated planning application, which in August the council said was nearly ready for submission.
The authority has repeatedly said the site was the only one of 17 considered that fulfils the criteria for the school in terms of size, availability and location where demand for school places is highest.
Once the planning application has been submitted by the council, the procedure for how Lake Farm was chosen will be explained.
■ Is a slice of green belt too high a price to pay, or do school places take priority? www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/tellus.