#Local Government
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of The Council, London Borough of Hillingdon
United Kingdom

In 2008 the Government announced that Hillingdon secondary and special schools would be included in a £150 million programme of modernising and improving our schools and making their facilities fit for the 21st century.

A year ago the council sent out to local schools a brochure setting out their plans on how this money would be invested in improving our schools. The Council said at that time that “We will experience exciting new changes in Hillingdon schools, making them suitable for 21st century learning.” The Council told us that the plan was to start in the south of the borough and include the north of the borough as soon as possible.

The Council should have agreed its plans with the Government by now so that we can secure the funds and start the work. However, on Thursday 18th March 2010, the leader of the council informed secondary head teachers that the Council is delaying agreeing the improvement programme plans until after the election and is laying off the bulk of the staff working on the programme. In addition the national Conservative education spokesperson has said that if the local programme has not reached “financial close” by the election “then it won’t be guaranteed.”

In effect this means that the £150 million programme for our schools is now at serious risk.

We the undersigned call on The Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, to change his mind and instead of delaying the Building Schools for the Future Programme, he ensures that everything is done in order to secure the £150 Million investment for Hillingdon's Schools.

The Do NOT Delay Hillingdon's Building Schools for the Future Programme petition to Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of The Council, London Borough of Hillingdon was written by Hillingdon Labour Group and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.