Under varied names but in the borough since the 1950s, Greenwood Osterley Archers have been in Isleworth since 1973. First at the Conquest Club and since 2002 subletting space from Grasshoppers RFC at Macfarlane Lane, the former United Biscuits sports ground owned by Hounslow Council since 1992.
Proposal for the new £9.7m Grasshoppers RFC facility at the Conquest Club to be funded by Hounslow Council
There was a council cabinet decision in March 2016 to sell the UB sports ground, part to the Education Funding Agency for another free school and the rest to BSkyB raising £3.7m. In addition to that amount, cabinet also agreed to borrow a further £6m to build and relocate Grasshoppers RFC to a brand new facility on the northern part of the Conquest Club, next to the proposed Nishkam Free School.
Greenwood Osterley Archers on a Sturday morning shoot at Macfarlane Lane
Concerned that these changes would render it homeless, I accepted an invitation to the archery club at one of its Saturday morning shoots to discuss securing is medium and long term future and later arranged a meeting with the leader of the council, Councillor Steve Curran.
Greenwood Osterley Archers Mia, Marie, Sailesh, Alan and Lynette with Councillor Steve Curran and Suzie Munnery of the LBH Sports and Public Health Team at the Indian Gymkhana
We met at the Indian Gymkhana last night to discuss a way forward and Steve Curran confirmed that Grasshoppers RFC should allow the GOA should stay at Macfarlane Lane until their move. It was also agreed that the council would work to find an alternative permanent site for the archers within the borough and this would include examining how GOA could be incorporated within the proposed new free school and BSkyB development.
Further information about Greenwood Osterley Archers may be found here and about Grasshoppers RFC here.
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
The application for a free school on the sports grounds sites is now expected to be heard at Hounslow Council’s 1 October 2015 Planning Committee (7.30 pm in Lampton Conference Suite, no doubt).
The planning application for a free school will be considered on 1 October 2015
Quite a short window for residents and planners to comment and consider feedback on the latest revised plans submitted late August (see planning notice here and documents here or here) and for a comprehensive report to be published.
As reported a couple of days ago, there will be an exhibition on the latest planning application revisions at the Osterley Park Hotel this Tuesday 8 September 2015 from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Reading my invitation from Nishkam Trust’s public relations contractor, I was concerned to learn of suggestion that factually incorrect rumours have been circulating locally and sought explanation. A copy of the e mail exchange and explanation can be found here. I have forwarded this to Hounslow’s planners for information and comment.
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 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.”
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 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mary-macleod/free-schools-education_b_3879081.html . Continue reading