The List of Drawings and Documents has 74 items. There are 63 files on the planning website. Why the disparity? Maybe some files include more than one document but how are residents supposed to sort this out? Just to add to the confusion the CD of submission files that was given to us (after much asking) contains 72 files. We are trying hard to study this submission but it seems that no effort is being spared to make this as difficult as possible.Would it be too much to ask that either the files and the list match one to one or that we have a mapping from the List to the files?
Now we notice, just to add to the confusion there are 75 files listed on the Council planning website. Just how are residents supposed to make sense of documents made available in this way?
Our second Newsletter has been distributed and has already produced a lot of positive feedback.
The Newsletter gave advance notice of a petition for residents who are opposed to the plans to put a school for 1400 children on the Conquest Club site to register their concerns. In the event it was distributed with petitions forms since they were ready and this seemed the most efficient way of dealing with them.
Resident’s are already responding to the request for donations. That’s good because the printing of the Newsletter is expensive and we need to keep up the flow of information. We hope that the next Newsletterm with suggested points for letters of objection, will be ready for distribution next week.
On 17th June a full meeting of the Keep Osterley Green (KOG) coalition was held comprising residents from Osterley, Spring Grove and Hounslow. The turnout was such that the Wycombe House cricket pavilion was packed to capacity. Passions were high and all attendees were vehemently opposed to the establishment of the Nishkam School on the Conquest Club site, there was strong fighting talk and a strong sense of disappointment about the manner in which Nishkam (NST), the London Borough of Hounslow (LBH) and the Education Funding Authority (EFA) had worked in an opaque way over the last two years to present this as a done deal.
Ruth Cadbury MP sent a letter of apology for not attending which was circulated and read out.
Cllr Tony Louki sent an apology for not attending.
Cllr Sheila O’Reilly attended the meeting and dealt with questions related to planning process while explaining that she had to reserve her position regarding the final decision on the application.
Messages of support are coming in thick and fast in response to our first newsletter. That is really encouraging. As soon as we can we will put a series of quotations (anonymised) here to give an idea how residents feel about a school being built on metropolitan open land. Putting the Newsletter together, printing it and distributing it all required a lot of effort. The responses make us feel that it was all worthwhile.
There will now be few residents in the area around the Conquest Club who are not aware of the proposal to build a school for 1400 pupils on the site. All households in the immediate area and beyond will have received the first Newsletter announcing the formation of the Keep Osterley Green campaign and explaining its objectives. We have already had a very positive response from residents and more are coming in every hour.
That’s a good start. Now we need to make the most of this support. We will be explaining what we think needs to be done in the coming days and will also invite you to participate in developing these ideas. Watch this space!