Following the Secretary of State’s decision on Pioneer House, the Parish Council has been in detailed discussions with its legal advisors.
Councillors are disappointed that the Department for Education has pressed ahead against the wishes of the majority of Stoke Poges residents.
Councillors are optimistic that Khalsa Secondary Academy will be relocated to a permanent site in Slough as their trustee’s lack of respect for Stoke Poges and the democratic process and their persistent misleading and inflammatory statements to the press make them unsuitable and unwelcome neighbours.
Our immediate next steps are:
- Dominic Grieve QC MP will communicate his recent conversations with Michael Gove and Lord Nash at a public meeting to be held at St Andrew’s Church Hall on Friday 19 July at 7.30 pm
- we will organise a further round of letter-writing stating our concerns and what we want to happen at Pioneer House once the Khalsa School’s 12 month temporary residence ends in July 2014
- to plan further actions, involving all residents, which demonstrate the village’s total opposition to Pioneer House being used as a school
To quote Winston Churchill: ‘Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning’.
The battle continues. We regroup, carry on and work harder to keep our village a village.