Heathfield Labour Candidates, opposed to the proposed siting of Turing House School, reacted angrily to the news that the Education Skills Funding Agency announcement that it has finalised the land acquisition from the London Borough of Hounslow for a permanent site for Turing House School, in Whitton.
Labour Campaigner Ranjeev Walia, observed:
"We will fight tooth and nail to stop this planning application going through. It is an attack on Metropolitan Open Land, and would lead to unacceptable transport pressure, with implications for pollution and road safety. We hope Richmond Planning Committee will have the sense to turn the application down and, if not, we will take this issue straight to the Mayor, who is already taking a no-ifs no-buts attitude to protecting green space.
Labour Campaigner Jan Kilsby commented:
“We need more school places across the Borough but the proposed site in Heathfield is not the right location. We aren't going to give up, the fight has only just begun”.
Labour Camapigner Sergio Cortes Allsopp added
"These proposals are subject to planning permission and full community consultation. The community doesn't want it, and the elected councillors should listen to them or face the consequences. 1,494 local residents signed our petition against relocating the school in Heathfield and we will ensure the council does not let their objections go ignored."