Strathcona Road - off Carlton Avenue East
Discussion around the potential move of Islamia Primary School from its Queens Park site to one in Preston, Wembley, (not Kingsbury) has centred around the difficulty of the journey for parents who live near the current site.
Here are some journey options I researched today as well as a video (above) of a site visit I made this afternoon.
By bus even longer walk at the end (1 hr 14 mins)
Car journey (may be longer at peak school run time) 23 or 29 minutes
Cycling routes - pretty unlikely given lack of safe cycle paths (37 or 39 minutes)
Practicalities regarding cycling or buses as a mode of travel leaves driving a car during school peak times or the tube journey. The video shows Strathcona Road and the parking on it as well as the double yellow lines near the school so car travel, discouraged anyway on environmental grounds, is problematic.
Of course parents don't all live near the present school site but it would be essential to have some kind of travel assessment as part of the consultation. There is clearly a danger that some families will be excluded from attendance at the new site by the difficulties outlined and the cost.
Sofia Moussaoui, Islamia Chair of Governors, told the Cabinet meeting that approved consultation on the move, that they would look into ways of 'how the get them (parents and children) there.'
There will need to be an Equalities Impact Assessment as part of the consultation as the danger is that less well-off families will be excluded from the school because of the cost and difficulty of the journey. This could amount to discrimination.
Neither Yusuf Islam/Cat Steven, nor the Yusuf Islam Foundation, have responded to requests for a statement giving the reason for the eveiction order on the school.
Note: Tube and Bus rotes from the TfL Plan a Journey website