Three Waltham Forest schools planning to take advantage of the coalition Governments Academies programme are under attack in a Council report tonight.
The eight Labour Cabinet members are directing Executive Director of Children and Young People Services, Christopher Kiernan, to write to all governing bodies urging them to “think very carefully” and “act wisely” before considering applying for the status.
First glance of the document shows what complete buffoons the senior Officer, who wrote the report, and the politician, who signed it off, are. Kiernan seems to have forgotten which politician he reports to as according to the header page Cllr Liaquat Ali is still responsible for Children’s Services. The current politician responsible for the service, Cllr Saima Mahmud, has clearly signed the report without properly reading it.
The reports says, should the three schools become Academies, the Council will lose £2 million. What is doesn’t say is the £2 million is not lost but will go directly to the schools.
The report also says Academies are bad as we lose money. The Council don’t want the good schools to become Academies but suggest they might make the bad ones Academies – Doh!
The real issue is parents, head teachers and governors have lost faith in Children’s Services and are choosing Academy status as a better option than being with a directorate that bought the Councils star rating down from four to two under the tenure of Cllrs Ali and Robbins.
Questions still remain about the Independent Panel conclusions plus the Council has not shown any ability to aid schools in improving their GCSE outcomes in comparison with other boroughs.
For years unscrupulous developers have been laying down concrete on weekends or bank holidays and then putting in a planning application after the event. Developers do this in the knowledge that Councillors often have little choice but to give approval and currently, planning enforcement cannot commence whilst an application is pending.
Earlier this year a key Conservative election promise was to curtail the ability, of unscrupulous developers, to apply for retrospective planning permission. The Truth Will Out team hopes the coalition Government implements this promise as we feel that all retrospective planning applications should be refused to send a clear message to the unscrupulous developers not to circumnavigate the legal planning process.
However, its little wonder unscrupulous developers are comfortable with this practise when Waltham Forest Council partakes in the practise itself.
Next week the Councils Planning Committee will decide whether or not to grant permission for a mobile classroom and an adventure playground for disabled youngsters sought by the Children & Young Peoples Directorate.
Yes, you’ve guessed it the building work has already started according to information received by the Truth Will Out team and this is not the first time this part of the Council has acted this way.
Cllrs Loakes and Mahmud need to get their houses in order.
Plans to replace the Edmonton waste incinerator, due to be decommissioned in 2020, have been scuppered despite the Coalition Agreement giving the ‘all clear’ to the project over the summer and saying it wanted to be the “greenest Government ever”.
It is understood the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) spent hundreds of thousands of pounds developing the project following the Government’s summer approval.
The Government’s decision to withdraw £258.4 million promised to support investment in the future waste disposal infrastructure for North London, and which would have seen 400,000 tonnes of waste diverted away from landfill, leaves local council taxpayers to pay the whole cost of the Government increases in landfill tax that it has confirmed will rise by £8 per annum to £80/tonne in 2014. Additionally, this decision sees the loss of 700 new, desperately needed, local jobs.
We all wait with bated breath to hear the thoughts of the Leaders of the Conservatives, Cllr Matt Davis and the Liberal Democrats, Cllr Bob Sullivan.
NLWA is the second largest waste authority in the country, after
Manchester, and currently deals with 3% of the country’s total
municipal waste. Members of the NLWA are Waltham Forest, Islington,
Barnet, Haringey, Hackney, Camden and Enfield.