Alan Dean

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Young people at Forest Hall School today told Stansted councillors what they like about the area and what they want to see improved. Anyone who thought that young people are only interested in “young people’s issues” would have been pleasantly surprised at the range of topics which came up.  This was a group of young […]

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Common sense school decision

by Alan Dean on 30 April, 2014

Governors of the Federation of Farnham and Rickling Church of England School have voted overwhelmingly against the idea of moving the children of Farnham Primary School into redundant school premises in Stansted. This is good news and represents a common sense outcome to a proposal which angered parents of Farnham children and dismayed councillors and […]

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Whom can the public trust?

by Alan Dean on 20 March, 2014

Outrage is growing at the recent proposal to close Farnham Primary School and to open a new school in Stansted in an old shell of a building on St. John’s Road. At last night’s annual parish meeting in Stansted the local county councillor, Ray Gooding, who is also county cabinet member for schools, laid the […]

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BENTFIELD GREEN SAVED BY SEVEN VOTES TO ONE!!

by Alan Dean on 5 July, 2013

July 4th was a red letter day for Stansted. The planning application by Taylor Wimpey for 140 (or more) homes adjacent to Bentfield Green was REFUSED by Uttlesford’s planning committee by seven votes to one. The following is an expanded version of the article I have penned for August’s The Link magazine. Never has there […]

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Congratulations MMCC!!!

by Alan Dean on 4 July, 2013

Congratulations to Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College, which has scored “Good” in their recent Ofsted inspection. The Stansted secondary school, which had been in special measures until two years ago, has been improved by head teacher Catherine Anderson, her colleagues AND THE CHILDREN. They are now planning to change the MMCC name to Forest Hall School.

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Best doorstep conversation

by Alan Dean on 22 April, 2011

I had my best doorstep conversation yesterday of the whole election campaign – with a non-voter, an under-18 year-old. This was someone alert to the world of politics. She hoped to go to university, but did not see a higher education as a personal right, free of personal charge and responsibility. She also agreed with […]

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Residents back safer pavement to Stansted estates

by Alan Dean on 22 March, 2011

Residents of Foresthall Park and Mountfitchet Estate have raised issues over access safety for pedestrians to and from their area of Stansted. They have copied me a letter to Essex County Council concerning the planned new St. Mary’s primary school on Foresthall Park. The letter can be read here: FHP Letter 20th March 2011.  What these residents say is right. […]

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Cost of university, cost of a home

by Alan Dean on 12 November, 2010

This week’s raging controversy over university fees, student demonstrations and riots disguises another charge by the older generation on the next. Opponents of higher education personal debt say this just adds to the burden of debt from a home mortgage. Yet the cost for buying a home will be several multiples higher than repaying a university education. The coalition’s priorities […]

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Tuition Fees Controversy

by Alan Dean on 13 October, 2010

Yesterday’s publication of the Browne Report and Vince Cable’s provisional statement on future finance for universities, including tuition fees, continues to reverberate around the Liberal Democrat party.  Most reaction seems to be in favour of rejecting the coalition government’s initial line to accept most of the report, but still to work on the detail to ensure fairness; […]

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What the papers say

by Alan Dean on 25 March, 2010

Today’s Dunmow and Stansted Observer reports a row over Sunday car park charges in Bishop’s Stortford. At one time the car parks were only used by church-goers and for leisure on Sundays. Now it is a normal shopping day and car parks are in much greater demand. So why should parking charges be different? Wicken House, the […]

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