Little Furze - Gone
At the beginning of January 2021 Three Rivers District Council announced plans for
the redevelopment of the Little Furze School site. We were told two local care homes
would be replaced by a single one plus flats.
A year later cabins appeared along with temporary fencing. There was also a
low plastic fence which we were told for the benefit of slow worms. The
access was quite clear which is more than could be said for the pedestrian
entrance further along which was almost hidden by undergrowth.
By the end of September the building was virtually flattened by Squibbs’
diggers and all that could be seen was a pile of twisted metal and a lot of
Next to arrive was a stone crusher which, in a matter of just a few days, had
reduced the rubble to little more than a pile of gravel with most of the school
site almost as level as a football or cricket pitch.
It’s hard to imagine the strip of land against Gosforth Lane having once been
the school’s sports ground. Nor is it easy to imagine the rest of the sloping site
being levelled enough to build on let alone carry a stream which will need to
be piped to prevent any flooding.
This is what the pedestrian entrance looks like at the moment. I thought it might disappear but the contractors say they will renew it. They also intend to create a new main entrance leading to the care home and the planned flats. They will also have to deal with the (underground?) stream and will make good the pavement beside the site.
I’ve read that a brown cow used to stand guard near the entrance. I wish someone
had a photo of this as I’d love to see what it looked like. Maybe a local artist could
visualise it for us!