08:30AM, Thursday 09 July 2015
A campaign for ‘fair funding to borough schools’ petition will be discussed at a full council meeting in July, after it received more than 1,300 signatures in a week.
The petition, written by Catherine del Campo, a member of the campaign, was published on the Royal Borough’s website on Tuesday, June 30.
It asks the Royal Borough to revoke two decisions made at a full council meeting on April 28.
The first is the decision to award £480,000 worth of s106 money – paid by developers to the council to reduce impact of development – to Holyport College and the second is to revoke a decision to advance council funds to the school before any developer funding has been received.
The funding is intended to provide an extra 48 places at the school in Ascot Road by expanding facilities.
Holyport College is a free school, meaning it is funded by the Government and not run by the council, which is part of the reason why the campaign believes the funding from the Royal Borough is unfair.
The petition also asks the Royal Borough to ‘share developer funding fairly between maintained borough schools likely to be impacted by those developments to which the payments relate’.
Furze Platt Senior School, in Furze Platt Road, is also set to receive £135,000 of Section 106 money.
Mrs del Campo, of Oaken Grove, said: “I was confident that there was enough strength and feeling out there, but I certainly didn’t expect it to take just a week.”
The mum-of-two, whose children are students at St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School “What we have noticed is it has got support from across the borough, which is important.”
The petition will close on Wednesday and will be discussed at the next full council meeting on Tuesday, July 28.
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