Belleville Consultation Results are out
This is the results paper that will be presented to the Education Overview Committee on Wed 12th Jan.
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/moderngov/ ... x?ID=12783
It's a complicated read-through, but in essence 55% of respondents have voted FOR the first GPA and 51% of respondents have voted FOR the second GPA.
However the Council intend to ALTER the area
of the second GPA from that which they proposed in their consultation!
The Council now intend to create an additional zone from south of Broomwood Rd down to just north of Thurleigh Rd and include this zone in the second priority area proposed.
Here is the NEW map
showing the "two-part" second priority area.
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/moderngov/ ... x?ID=12799
Note distances will still be measured from the Belleville site!
I am quite gobsmacked by this change of plan and would make several points:
(i) During the consultation the serious issue of school access for residents south of Broomwood Rd came to light
. It was discussed on this forum and the council were seemingly not as aware of this as they might have been. They are now clearly so concerned about their statutory obligation to provide school places to those living in this area that they have adapted their planned changes for Belleville, in effect prioritising that concern above any concerns of Northside residents.
(ii) Addresses in the streets in this new zone south of Broomwood Rd are, in general, closer to the Belleville School main site than many properties in Northside second priority area (especially those to the east of Elspeth Rd).
Both zones are deemed to be in the Second Prority Area and as within a Priority Area admission will still be based on distance, this geography means that much demand for places from the Broomwood/Thurleigh Rd zone will likely take priority over most addresses on the Northside, especially those close to the Forthbridge school site
(this is of course being the absolute intention of the new zone)
(Thus the Priority Area around the Forthbridge site will become IN EFFECT a THIRD priority area!)
(iii) More importantly these recommendations mean
the Council are now going to implement a change in admissions policy that they did NOT actually consult on!
As well as the sheer unfairness of such an action, this undoubtedly this raises a clear, serious concern about due process!
The Council's Education Committee on Wed 12th 730pm is held at Wandsworth Town Hall and there is a public gallery.
The more people we can get to attend this meeting and show our shock at these "recommendations" the better.
The Shaftesbury Ward Councillor Jonathan Cook has promised to speak against these plans at the meeting.