Call for a full and proper inquiry into the redevelopment of Holland Park School sign now

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBK&C) intends to demolish the existing Holland Park School building worth 40 million (which has been praised in its 2003 Ofsted report), and replace it with a multi-storey (7 9 floors) glass tower (costing: for the building 60 million; plus professional fees and contingencies 20 million). This development is built on a smaller footprint, and on the existing site to make land available for a luxury housing development. Already the RBK&C has spent 2 million on proposals made by its hired professionals and contractors. A fraction of this money could have provided these children with a viable linguistics department, a coherent sports programme, and well maintained sports facilities.

Under the current proposals the school will lose nearly one third of its land, and 1350 1500 pupils aged 11 18 will be left to be educated for 2 4 years on or next to a building site. During this time their school will be the confined space of porta-cabins, amidst the dust, dirt, and deafening noise of construction. After completion, future generations of pupils will be left with a 120 million, untested architectural glass tower, which may look good on paper, but once built may prove to be inadequate or even unfit for purpose.

We call for the Secretary of State for the DfES, the National Audit Office, and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to examine the redevelopment of Holland Park School project:

Independent of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the its hired professionals/contractors (who may stand to gain from being awarded lucrative contracts).

For its commercial and financial viability.

And to scrutinise the planning process staged for this case, where (RBK&C) sits in judgement of its own application, raising the issue of conflict of interest.

Irrespective of race, religion, ethnic origin, Nationality, social, economic, and family background these children do not deserve to be educated on or next to a building site for up to four years.

We implore the Prime Minister and the higher echelon of the government to add their voice to ours in this call.

(After all, the interest of the child is paramount to all and all other interests are subservient to it.)

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  • 29 December 2015200. Peter C
    Why redevelop?
  • 23 October 2015199. Robert T
    I support this petition
  • 05 October 2015198. Colleen Watkins
    I support this petition
  • 20 September 2015197. Cristian R
    I support this petition
  • 15 September 2015196. Noel L
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  • 21 August 2015195. Ivan B
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  • 17 August 2015194. Rob S
    The building will not fit in with the lcoal surrondings, and the money could be used to improve and extend the facilities on site, rather than wasting money on a new building
  • 28 July 2015193. Dan J
    I support this petition
  • 09 July 2015192. Anna W
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  • 05 July 2015191. Andrew B
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  • 21 June 2015190. Catherine B
    Is this for the benefit of the children or the housing developers? Address Canterbury, Kent
  • 08 February 2015189. Miss Sw
    With all the complaints of unruly pupil behaviour I would have thought it better to invest in a good educational environment, with plans like these even those wanting to learn will be unable to! A great support to the importance of education?
  • 02 February 2015188. Freddie E
    I support this petition
  • 14 January 2015187. Adrian W
    What happened to education education education, instead we get sell off for max profit. Address 18 Kent Road, Reading, RG30 2EJ
  • 05 January 2015186. Cllr Suel
    I worked in a glass tower at Canary Wharf and I hated it - sterlie air-conditioned environment, no windows that open - hardly a suitable environment for children to be educated in. As for building a block of flats on part of the school land to fund it - t
  • 15 October 2014185. Oliver S
    I support this petition
  • 08 October 2014184. Isabelle R
    This sounds like an appalling waste of public money.
  • 23 September 2014183. Councillor Romaynep
    I support this petition
  • 26 August 2014182. Leon B
    I support this petition
  • 18 August 2014181. Jeffrey P
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  • 25 July 2014180. Andrea K
    В Address 64 James Hammett House, Ravenscroft Street, London E2 7QJ
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  • 30 May 2014178. Jonathan Pt
    Yet another local council scam to make profit out of taxpayer's money. Local authorities are corrupt and unaccountable. Laws must be tightened to force councils to act on behalf of residents not property developers.
  • 23 May 2014177. Rianne Ctenv
    Why destroy a perfectly good school - educating our future generations! - for the sake of fancy flats and realising some architects dream?!
  • 16 May 2014176. Stephen Ps
    Richmond & Twickenham Green Party
  • 06 May 2014175. Rowan L
    I support this petition
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