|The site (Chetan Patel)|
The school is due to be part of a large redevelopment LINK.
In a letter to Annabel Bates, the Ark Elvin Headteacher, Chetan Patel said:
With respect to ARK's planning application (ref 15/3161) for the school redevelopment, I believe your proposal breaches the community's 'Public Right Of Way' onto the existing fields in accordance to Highways Act 1980 Section 130A.Annabel Bates replied:
The community has had access to the existing park without any objections from ARK or from the previous management of Copland Community School for many decades now. The law assumes that if the public uses a path without interference for some period of time – set by statute at 20 years - then the owner (ARK) had intended to dedicate it as a right of way.
ARK's proposed development of the school can only be described as 'land-grab' with no consideration for the community users and the Law.
I ask ARK to respectfully withdraw its poorly conceived planning application before a decision is made by Brent Council.
If ARK still wishes to pursue the development, which displaces community access to the existing parks (see Appendix A), I will be forced to pursuing legal advice on this matter, at further expense to the tax payer.
I believe the general public has right to know how many hundreds of thousands pounds if not millions have been wastefully spent to date on this poorly conceived project. Under the Freedom of information Act can you please confirm how much money has been spent in relation to the proposed re-development works of the school.
I had hoped to communicate the aforementioned to you at the recent 'exhibition' meeting held at the school on the 15th July 2015, but you had failed attend this key meeting. It's very disappointing that the school's own head teacher, a key stakeholder, could not be bothered to attend this key meeting.
Thank you for your letter, dated 22nd September 2015, about the planning permission that has been submitted by Kier Construction to rebuild our school. I was present at the consultation on 15th July so I am sorry I did not manage to speak to you in person. I am of course happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns.
The land shown in the appendix to your letter has always been occupied by Copland, and now Ark Elvin, as it is school playing fields rather than a public park.
As you may be aware, since Ark took over the school we have been making a concerted effort to keep the school playing fields secure and stop the unauthorised access to this private land. We have repaired the fence a number of times (despite it being repeatedly cut through), moved on any rough sleepers, cleared up the rubbish at the London Road end of the playing fields, engaged a landscaper to cut the grass and carried out regular litter picks so it can be used by pupils for sports. I cannot comment on how this area was managed by Copland Community School as neither I nor my senior management team worked at Copland.
Wembley Matters covered the initial plans when they were first published and the article elicited many comments LINK
I am unable to respond to your Freedom of Information Act request as we are not party to that information. This project is being funded by the Education Funding Authority so you will need to contact them with your request.
Chetan Patel is campaigning on several fronts including an official complaint about what he alleges are the failures of Brent's Planning Enforcement Team in the matter as well as a referral to the Local Government Ombudsman,