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The people who have bought North Reddish School

North Reddish Primary School Posted on Sun, September 15, 2013 15:56:33

The people who have allegedly bought North Reddish School are based here in Birmingham

It is alleged their names are:-
Amjad Hussain
Saleem Akhtar
Mohammed Rashid
Arshad Mahmood

and it is believed they paid £205,000 for it.

This is what Councillor Kate Butler said she was told by the new owner:-

“NORTH REDDISH SCHOOL UPDATE. I’ve just got off the phone to Mr Hussain, one of new owners of the school.

1. He fully appreciates the significance of the war memorial and – get this – his grandfather was decorated for his service to this country in the First World War.
2. He’s a businessman and wouldn’t be so daft as to damage such a stunning feature of the building.
3. It would be illegal anyway as the memorial is protected by law.

I hope this puts your minds at rest as far as the ware memorial is concerned.

As far as what the new owners intend to do with the school, there was never any intention of turning it into a mosque as, in Mr Hussain’s words “we’re businessmen and there’s no money in running a mosque”. They have identified a need in the general Stockport/Tameside area for a special needs school for children and they are currently looking for a partner who specialises in this kind of thing to turn their investment in the school into a viable business proposition.

Again, to quote Mr Hussain – “We fully intend to preserve the school and its beautiful original features”.

So, that’s the very latest info we have. I should add that we’re as disappointed as everyone else that the council hasn’t been more transparent about what’s happening. I guess to them it’s just a simple commercial transaction but it’s really frustrating for us when they don’t recognise how strong people’s feelings can be about such a significant local landmark.

If anyone wants to get in touch with me my email is cllr.kate.butler@stockport.gov.uk or you can give me a ring on 431 5536.

Cheers
Kate”



Did anyone see the for sale sign?

North Reddish Councillors Posted on Sun, September 15, 2013 14:51:27

Email from Mrs Penkethman to Andrew Gwynne MP sent 14 September 2013 14:36

Dear Mr. Gwynne,

Could you please obtain for us information on the sale of North Reddish School. I phoned Murray Carr who instigated the sale and asked him why this transaction has been rushed through in secret without any advertising. …… he did admit it had not been advertised in the local paper, but then said that a for sale board had been put up on the building and had been there for the past twelve months. …… (it hasn’t), and we also have 40 photographs taken to prove it. Why also has the school been sold for a song? £205,000 is an insult asked for a building of that size, as you very well know. Who were the surveyors?

This whole issue has been done in such a corrupt way, when people in the area were not aware that it was up for sale, yet people living in Birmingham were; what a whitewash if there ever was one.

Hoping you will oblige.

Patricia Penkethman.