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White Lodge Club Site: Planning Committee on Thursday 3.12.2015

To be held in the Lampton Park Conference Centre, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 4DN at 7.30 pm – a meeting to be held in public but not a public meeting.


The ambition of the Nishkam Free School and its backers to locate on this sports ground may be settled by the 15 members of Hounslow’s Planning Committee later this week.

This follows what appears to have been a few years of assurances, interventions, submissions, challenges and generally civilized discussion in the neighbourhoods of Osterley and North Isleworth and beyond. Even Eric Pickles and the Earl of Jersey’s firm got in on the action.

Whatever the outcome, it has always been about making residents aware of what’s happening and improving the flow of dialogue and documents locally in Osterley & Spring Grove Ward. Continue reading

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Borough Road College: 11.11.2015

Pupils from Isleworth & Syon, The Green and Ashton House schools and local residents came together as they always do this day every year at the memorial outside the former teacher training college in Borough Road, Osterley and Spring Grove Ward.

Memorial to the students and staff of Borough Road College acknowledged locally this day every year

Memorial to the students and staff of Borough Road College acknowledged locally this day every year

Nice and low key as ever.

TL  11.11.2015

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Nishkam responds to residents’ concerns

NishkamLogoBThis week, all Hounslow councillors received a letter from Vincent & Gorbing dealing with the proposal to build a free school for 1400 children on the White Lodge site at 152 Syon Lane.  Vincent & Gorbing is both the architectural company for the development and supplies the agent who submitted the application.  They deal closely with planning officers on planning matters related to the development.

The purpose of the letter was to alert councillors to what V&G, on behalf of the Nishkam School Trust and the taxpayer bankrolled Educational Funding Agency, what they consider to be incorrect information about the development coming from the volunteer run residents’ group Keep Osterley Green.

Specifically the document to which the V&G referred to is a KOG document entitled Who is Spreading Rumours. This document was sent to all councillors as a reaction to a general comment about rumours in an earlier e mail from V&G to all councillors; you can see that here.

The letter from V&G can be found here and should Keep Osterley Green respond, I’ll again, to encourage the fullest possible debate, share as I have tried to do with previous communications.

TL  18.9.2015

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Clubs grounds: Nishkam Free School exhibits this week

Wednesday 20.5.2015 3.00pm to 8.00pm

and Saturday 23.5.2015 10.30am to 2.00pm

Osterley Park Hotel, Corner of Wood Lane and Great West Road, TW7 5NA


Flyer for Nishkam proposals exhibition 20 and 23 May 2015

Flyer for Nishkam proposals exhibition 20 and 23 May 2015 at the Osterley Park Hotel

More than three years since last meeting residents, the owners of Nishkam free school are exhibiting plans for the Conquest and White Lodge Clubs site.

The flyer says:

After an extensive site search, Nishkam School, supported by the Education Funding Agency, is proposing a new ‘all through’ school (pupils aged 4 to 19) on vacant land off Syon Lane, previously known as Conquest Club.

A planning application will shortly be made to the Council and we are seeking the views of the local community on the proposal.





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Hurried letters are no substitute for consultation

After a two year wait but in the space of just 12 hours, on 5 and 6 May 2015 some residents who would be affected by a development on the Conquest Club site received two letters. One was from Mary McCleod, Conservative parliamentary candidate, and the other was from Dr B S Mahon, Chairman, of the Nishkam Free School School Trust.  Both letters sought in different ways to respond to increasingly vocal concerns about the mooted development (I cannot even say “proposed” since it has not yet been properly proposed).

Mary McCleod’s says that she asked the free school for details about the proposed development on the Conquest site. The school told her that “The Conquest Club site was included as a possible site for a school in the original free school application submitted [to the Education Funding Agency] by the Nishkam School Trust.”

The school does not say on what basis this site of Metropolitan Open Space was included.  Mary McCleod sheds no light on the issue either eventhough she wrote in September 2013, “I’ve been actively supporting them throughout the process.”  See . Continue reading

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