MP Peter Bone presents petitions on school name change in Wellingborough and development in Irchester

Villagers hand over the Irchester petition to Peter Bone at the start of June

Villagers hand over the Irchester petition to Peter Bone at the start of June

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MP Peter Bone has presented petitions organised by residents in Irchester and Wellingborough in the House of Commons.

The Wellingborough and Rushden MP presented the petitions on Tuesday, June 19.

Members of the Oakway Parents Action Group with their petition

Members of the Oakway Parents Action Group with their petition

One related to plans to change the name of the Oakway schools in Wellingborough to the Diamond Learning Community when the two merge in September.

Unhappy parents launched the petition in May after being told about the plans.

In Parliament Mr Bone read out the petition, which states that “the proposed change of name of the Oakway schools in Hemmingwell and the additional cost in changing the school uniform are both unnecessary and costly”.

It also says that the schools in Oakway are “well established and the name is well known”.

The petition calls on the Secretary of State for Education to urge Northamptonshire County Council and the Board of Governors at the Oakway schools to “work together to ensure that any merged school will be named Oakway Primary School”.

The second petition related to development plans for Irchester. The petition was passed on to Mr Bone by villagers earlier this month.

In the House of Commons, Mr Bone said: “I rise to present a petition signed by 2,012 people from the village of Irchester — half its male population.

“It concerns development outside the village boundary to which all three political parties were opposed before the last local elections.”

The petition says that any proposed residential development on green field sites, outside the village boundary policy line, would put “a great strain on Irchester’s infrastructure and have a huge damaging impact on the local environment”.

It calls on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to urge Northamptonshire County Council, Wellingborough Council and Irchester Parish Council “to ensure that no such development takes place”.

The Save Irchester Village campaign, which organised the petition, is against plans to build 124 homes and a medical centre on land west of 123 High Street, Irchester.