Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, met a delegation from HELLO, (Harpenden Entitlement to Local Learning Organisation), to discuss the shortage of secondary school places in Harpenden for local children. He plans to meet Councillor David Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Education, to discuss the issue and promised to do all in his power to help minimise the problem in future years.

    Peter Lilley said afterwards, “The meeting was an invaluable preparation for my planned meeting with David Lloyd. Last year was the most difficult year we have faced, although as a result of providing extra capacity in local schools all local pupils eventually got a place in one of their chosen schools.

    “It is clear that demand from Greater Harpenden in the coming years could be as great as or even greater than this year, even though the number of pupils reaching secondary school age is declining in the rest of the county, so it is vital to think about extra capacity as early as possible.

    ?We must avoid, as far as is possible, any family having to go through the anguish of appeals and ?continuing interest?, even if they do get a place at the end of it.

    “I certainly don?t underestimate the scale of the problem this year.?