Osterley folk have won a skirmish they could have done without with just a few phone calls, an e mail or two and their local councillor. Like the Grand Old Duke of York, Michael Gove’s Education Funding Agency has now skulked back from its trespass on public land.
The big grey fence has gone.
Going, now gone: the EFA’s costly trespass of public land on Syon Lane, Osterley
Following extraordinary activity the past fortnight on the former Conquest Club/White Lodge Club/Pyrene Sports Ground where its new owner, not satisfied with their many new hectares, decided to nick another belonging to the community, spoiling the view from 177 to 211 Syon Lane, wasting public money on an illegal structure and getting off on the wrong foot with hundreds of residents.
Brave jogger by the EFA’s illegal hoardings on Syon Lane
Conquest Club to Nishkam Academy: no planning application or permission granted – but site being bought with your money
Hounslow’s Labour council continues to invest local money in extending its primary schools to ease the demand for places for this age group. David Cameron turned up unannounced at the Green School recently to continue to punt his government’s money wasting free school dogma which means that Hounslow’s (councillors continue to be told) 3 new secondary schools needed by 2018 can only be developed by anyone but the local authority.
Despite this advancing, unproved and often controversial tax funded free market in education, Hounslow Council still has a duty to provide all children with a school place and, to attempt a fist at coordination, meets with other providers via a local Academy and Free School Reference Group. Continue reading