Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Get off the fence Alan and back our campaign for a new school!

MP Alan Whitehead protesting with a hand made sign at the
Civil Service Ground. Alan is offering no positive solutions.

3 Weeks ago today I wrote to Southampton Test’s Labour MP, Alan Whitehead, calling for his support for Conservative proposals for a new school in Freemantle, on the St Marks School site in Shirley Road.

Whilst Alan Whitehead has sat on the fence, Conservative Councillors have secured sufficient funds to purchase the former Civil Service Sports Ground, which lies unused next to St Marks School.

In a recent debate in Council I received cross party support for my call for the land, which is currently in the hands of house builder Bovis, to be bought by the Council for St Marks Junior School and for use by Regents Park Community College and the wider community.

The plan is then for the Council to bid for Government Building Schools for the Future money to build a brand new school on the St Marks site.

On 6th December, Gordon Brown, announced more funding for schools and promised thousands of new or refurbished schools across the country.

This presents a fantastic opportunity for Southampton. The city needs to make sure it succeeds in bidding for a share of this money. A new school in Freemantle would be a huge boost to the area.

No reply to my letter

I have received no reply to my letter to Mr Whitehead. At a public meeting at the Freemantle United Reform Church, about the Civil Service ground, he was very clearly on the fence. This is really disappointing. It will be much harder to convince Government without the support of the MP.

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