HAMPTON NORTH WARD

WARD NEWSLETTER

Issue no 4 -April 2016


Dear Resident,

A large amount of local news in this edition !

HAMPTON SPORT AND FITNESS CENTRE

The Council has agreed to upgrade this centre which is on the site of the Hampton Academy. The existing artificial pitch will be upgraded and a new floodlit MUGA (Multi-use Games area) installed. Much better facilities for football and rugby. Tennis and netball provision. The range of facilities extended for both young and old ! The aim is to increase attendances from 55,000 a year at present to 93,000. The MUGA should be ready by the end of July, the remainder in September. Total cost: £600,000 of which the Council is contributing £260,000.

SCHOOL NEWS.

We were delighted to learn that the Minister had approved the new Multi-Academy Trust involving Hampton Academy. This means that in September Waldegrave and Teddington Schools – two of the most popular and successful schools in the Borough – will replace the Swedish Company as, in effect,sponsors of both the Hampton and Twickenham Academies. Excellent news for pupils, parents and teachers. Residents will remember that we never believed that the Swedish Company was right for Hampton. To deliver choice for our residents we are keen that Turing House school will continue to admit Hampton pupils. At present the Governors are proposing to reserve 20% of places for local children [ the current plan is for the school to be built in Whitton] but that could well increase. We are in regular touch with the Headmaster to advance the interests of Hampton children. We learned that part of the roof at Carlisle School was in need of replacement and supported the view that the Council, not the school, should pay. We were very pleased when the Council agreed to fund the work at a cost of £126,500.

TRAFFIC ISSUES; ACACIA, HANWORTH and NIGHTINGALE ROADS.

We are still awaiting replies to some of our letters requesting responses from those who were the ‘platform party’ at the meeting. Council officers responded very speedily. At the suggestion of a local resident we are raising the issue of students’ access and exit from their Car Park at LEH. Residents of Hollybank Close have now contacted us to complain about student cars which block access to their own garages. A meeting with the Headmaster and Chairman of Governors at Hampton School has now been provisionally arranged for the end of the month.

TENANTS and LEASEHOLDERS of RHP and PARAGON

A reminder that we have regular meetings with both RHP and Paragon and raise issues that concern you. We are currently dealing with more problems than usual experienced with RHP. We are due to meet Fulmer Close Residents in a few days.

ACACIA ROAD

Our previous attempts for this road to be listed as a Conservation Area have been unsuccessful, although the Council has always maintained that it has the powers to prevent totally unsuitable development. We are now seeking clarification of the position in the light of some recent developments

AIRCRAFT NOISE

We have followed up a complaint about increased aircraft noise., Part of our ward is under both the Compton and Midhurst routes. We now have a brief summary of a report on the Compton route and can send a copy to any resident who is interested. The Council officer who deals with this situation urges residents with complaints to make them personally – and, we suggest, frequently ! – directly to Heathrow.


QUIETWAYS

We have been involved in further meetings about this project of the Mayor of London. The aim is to support and encourage cycling by the provision of safe routes. One of the routes would be through our ward. We are insisting on full consultation with local residents. Whereas some of the proposals may be very popular, others are more controversial. The routes finally chosen will, of course, see a large increase in cyclists.

UXBRIDGE ROAD ACCIDENT

Local residents were distressed to learn of a fatal accident in Uxbridge Road a few days ago. It is still being investigated but preliminary inquiries reveal that traffic speed was not a factor. However we did make a formal request for a speed camera although we have been told that the road does not meet the new police criteria. We will give you further news when the cause of the accident has been determined.

ROY GROVE

We saw two matters of concern on a recent visit. A section of the attractive open space in the middle of the Close has been badly churned by vehicles. We are asking RHP (the owners) to repair the damage and consider a reconfiguration of the open space. Double yellow lines installed at the end of the road (without our knowledge) have worsened an already difficult parking situation: we have asked the Council to remedy the situation.

Have you signed our petition for a better service at Hampton Station ?


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(Councillor) KATE HOWARD
(Councillor) GEOFFREY J. SAMUEL
(Councillor) MARTIN SEYMOUR

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Well I've seen some spin in my day, Samantha, but that paragraph on Hampton Academy takes the biscuit.

An important factor (not the sole factor but an important one) in the problems which have faced the Academy in the last six years is that the Tories turned their back on the school. They didn't like the proposed model and therefore refused to have anything to do with it - in spite of the fact that the council was the joint sponsor.

The Cabinet Member for Schools, Cllr Hodgins, attended a few meetings of the Governing Body when he first took his post and subsequently failed to attend, sometimes not even bothering to send apologies (all there in the publicly available minutes for anybody who wants to check)

When a space became available, Cllr Hodgins predecessor ex-councillor Malcolm Eady allowed his name to be put forward to take over as the council's nominated governor. Cllr Eady has decades of experience in local government education and would have been a strong partner to work with the Academy - however his appointment was blocked in favour of Cllr Samuel's preferred appointee. This I know because I was the designated opposition member of the Governors Appointments Panel.

The Council had a duty of care to the children and families of Hampton (and Twickenham who are in the same chain) and the Conservative administration failed to give the support to Hampton Academy which they sorely needed simply because they were having a hissy fit about the choice of sponsor.

Don't forget that if the school hadn't converted to an academy it would have been placed in special measures which would have been disastrous. As a result of converting both Hampton and Twickenham academies have splendid new buildings and facilities and have been showing signs of improvement but not at a fast enough rate. Imagine what could have been achieved if the Tories hadn't abandoned the school and failed the local area for the last six years.

Sorry to launch into a critique such as this (I do try to avoid the political on these pages) but that really is red rag to a bull time.

I just copied the newsletter I received as a resident. I don't have kids or anything to do with the schools. You can say what you like as far as I am concerned, as long as you don't direct it at me personally.

Oh, it wasn't a response directed at you, Samantha, more a response to the chutzpah of the Tory councillors. 

Their arrogance in saying "Residents will remember that we never believed that the Swedish Company was right for Hampton" rather forgets that in 2010 Hampton North very nearly went all LD as a direct response to the negative Conservative campaign against the sponsorship deal.

Here here, Gareth! Sick of the "I told you so" political diatribe regarding HA. The new multi-academy trust promises to benefit ALL FOUR schools and the heads are already working well together. However, there have also been steady improvements at HA over the last year without the new trust in place (as seen in latest OFSTED inspection a few weeks ago). It doesn't help when the RichTwick Times publish inaccurate and damaging articles about the school and then use them again later to fill 'gaps' in the paper :-(


Gareth Roberts said:

Well I've seen some spin in my day, Samantha, but that paragraph on Hampton Academy takes the biscuit.

An important factor (not the sole factor but an important one) in the problems which have faced the Academy in the last six years is that the Tories turned their back on the school. They didn't like the proposed model and therefore refused to have anything to do with it - in spite of the fact that the council was the joint sponsor.

The Cabinet Member for Schools, Cllr Hodgins, attended a few meetings of the Governing Body when he first took his post and subsequently failed to attend, sometimes not even bothering to send apologies (all there in the publicly available minutes for anybody who wants to check)

When a space became available, Cllr Hodgins predecessor ex-councillor Malcolm Eady allowed his name to be put forward to take over as the council's nominated governor. Cllr Eady has decades of experience in local government education and would have been a strong partner to work with the Academy - however his appointment was blocked in favour of Cllr Samuel's preferred appointee. This I know because I was the designated opposition member of the Governors Appointments Panel.

The Council had a duty of care to the children and families of Hampton (and Twickenham who are in the same chain) and the Conservative administration failed to give the support to Hampton Academy which they sorely needed simply because they were having a hissy fit about the choice of sponsor.

Don't forget that if the school hadn't converted to an academy it would have been placed in special measures which would have been disastrous. As a result of converting both Hampton and Twickenham academies have splendid new buildings and facilities and have been showing signs of improvement but not at a fast enough rate. Imagine what could have been achieved if the Tories hadn't abandoned the school and failed the local area for the last six years.

Sorry to launch into a critique such as this (I do try to avoid the political on these pages) but that really is red rag to a bull time.

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