Actions Following Public Meeting, 6 February

Everyone attending was advised to submit an individual response to the school’s statutory consultation on entering into an agreement with the Secretary of State for Education. Parishioners were asked to encourage friends and neighbours in South Bucks also to participate.

The consultation form is available to download. Paper copies may be obtained on request from the Clerk to the Parish.

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Completed questionnaires may be passed via the Parish Council office, to be registered and enable an audit to check that responses are included in the Consultation Report, due to be published by Slough Sikh Education Trust on 18 February.

Parishioners were given contacts details for our MP and council leaders with the suggestion that they make their concerns known to them.

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The following actions were agreed, by a unanimous show of hands:

To accept the offer made by Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP to hold a public meeting in Stoke Poges at his earliest convenience.

The Parish Council will engage consultants to advise on legal and planning aspects of the Free School consultation and any subsequent planning application.

A majority show of hands agreed to the setting up of a ‘fighting fund’ to cover the cost of opposing the siting of a secondary school in Stoke Poges.

It was noted that irregularities in the school’s consultation have been reported. These will be reviewed by the Parish Council, which will consider submitting a formal complaint to the Secretary of State for Education.

Further, it was agreed to explore a suggestion from one member of the public to make a community bid for Pioneer House, by enabling parishioners to share the purchase cost, with the intention of using the site for a purpose appropriate to its location that is acceptable to residents.

It was also agreed to formally question the allegation that the school’s bid for Pioneer House (using taxpayers’ money) is £700,000 more than an acceptable offer from a commercial organisation.

A pdf copy of the slides shown at the Public Meeting is available to download.

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