I fully support the school plan
AS THE ex-principal of a secondary academy in Bristol I have followed with interest the development of the plans for the opening of a primary school in the lower two floors of the Bristol Central Library.
I wish to express my full support for these plans for several compelling reasons.
Firstly in terms of education opportunity. There has been for many years a shortage of primary school places in Bristol.
Therefore a state funded school of 420 pupils situated in the heart of the city with easy and efficient access must make sense.
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Moreover a school, with an emphasis on the advancement of music, open to all regardless of race, gender or financial background, will further develop the city's cultural heritage and see it increasingly become a centre for musical excellence.
Bristol Cathedral Choir School itself is an academy of undoubted expertise and excellence and its oversight of the new school will ensure its success. Moreover, extra central government money will become available to fund the school; money that would not have come into the city otherwise.
Secondly in terms of its proposed location. Contrary to some of the opinions that I have read, its siting in the lower two floors of the Bristol Central Library to replace storage space is inspired, creative and visionary.
The two floors will see the replacement of a closed storage facility with the sound of children's chatter and laughter.
Learning is fun and as President Kennedy once famously said: "'Children are the world's future."
What better place to learn than in one of the country's premier architectural gems?
Can anyone seriously argue that children learning in a high quality re-engineered educational facility is not an exciting future prospect for a wonderful building that at present is disfigured by some of its surroundings?
The area facing College Square is not a particularly pleasant sight and will be hugely improved by the new refurbishment.
The sympathetically designed buildings of Bristol Cathedral Choir School have been a delightful addition and have added value to the area and therefore the plans for the primary school should be welcomed. Clearly the storage facility needs to be replaced and I trust that those entrusted with this task will ensure that the plans for the new school include that necessity. Libraries were developed by our Victorian forefathers to be places where people could go to educate themselves.
Charles Holden's wealth of architectural design included universities, hospitals and underground tube stations.
They were above all about people; especially emphasising the importance of their practical function.
I myself spent several years studying and learning inside the National Library of Wales building in Aberystwyth, which is another of Holden's masterpieces.
I find it difficult to believe that the men and women behind the library expansion of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Holden himself, would not have supported and been proud of a visionary but functional plan for children to be educated within such a glorious building.
RARELY have I read a newspaper article so devoid of the pretence of empirical evidence as your recent feature on Bristol Central Library (Library to school ideas man should be in public's good books Bristol Post September 2).
Instead, the article in question seems to parrot a council press release and sloppily relies upon out-of-date stereotyping, for example, ridiculing Dickensian librarians.
There is no reference to how the library service has embraced the 21st century, harnessing computer and other new technology.
In addition, the sub-regional record of Bristol Central Library is not properly reflected, particularly the excellence which has been created over many years with researchers and library-users in general gaining access to the rich resources retained there.
In my view, the fundamental issue is the potential delay and downgrading in the service which will ensue from relocating books and archive storage space to somewhere else, perhaps up to one mile away.
Sadly, my experience of Bristol City Council does not surprise me when I confront partiality and inaccuracy, but I expect something better of Bristol Cathedral Choir School.
Cllr Richard Eddy
Conservative Councillor Bishopsworth