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Thursday, 16 August 2012


A well and highly respected local resident activist has written this letter on a personal basis. It is interesting to see, in the context of the local sales, the Local Government Association firing a broadside at Gove. Why? Because Pooter Cockell is chair of this impotent quango and it was Pooter behind the three sites the writer refers to.
The Telegraph describes Fields of Pleasure the scandal of flogging of assets, which give so much pleasure to the young, to greedy developers.

Dear All,
Even though we are all still reeling from the successes of the Olympics and team GBR the Government appears to be relaxing the already minimal protections of our playing fields.  We have seen the playing field of Holland Park School sold, minimum open area space for the new Chelsea Academy and now even less for the proposed Kensington Academy Please sign the petition and have our voices heard.
Many Thanks

It’s just emerged that over a million children could lose the fields where they play.The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has quietly relaxed the rules protecting school playing fields. Many people are worried that this could open the door for them to be sold off to developers.

Without playing fields it’s hard to imagine the children of today - the Team GB of tomorrow - will ever match this year’s record Olympic medal haul. If playing fields are sold off and built on, there’ll be no way to get them back. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Right now David Cameron and his Government won't want a scandal about school playing fields taking the shine off the Olympic legacy. [2] There’s a great chance that if tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members create a public outcry by building a big petition, Michael Gove will back down to make sure the Olympic after-party continues on a high.

Click here to sign the petition to Michael Gove to save school children's play areas:

For lots of people, playing outside at break time left them with some of their happiest memories of school. But happy memories aren’t the only long-term benefit of having proper places for children to play. Running around outside gives children the chance to get into good exercise habits early in life. And it can help them concentrate in class the rest of the time, so they learn faster. [3]

The Government is already feeling the heat - already a national newspaper has launched a campaign on this issue. [4] We can build on this pressure and, together, we can make that final push to persuade Michael Gove to do the right thing.

We’ve already had one great success around the Olympics - our massive petition persuaded sponsors not to take advantage of a tax-break available to them. Together, as the Paralympic Games approach, we have a great chance of persuading the Government to protect the play areas of our future Olympians.

Click here to sign the petition:


  1. It is shocking that we Conservatives behave in this way. make savings by all means but don't sell off these precious assets that once gone are lost forever.

  2. you are a Conservative? I doubt it, please give proof of this statement

  3. Well I voted Conservative last time around. And what the f**k has it to do with you who I vote for

    1. so no proof just abuse - just the kind of thing I would expect on a Labour Blog

  4. 13.19, we know who you are, yoo-hoo Little Big Man Palmer! You are such a bore. Go away.

    The issue is the PLAYING FIELDS. Do be a dear and stop trying to distract us.

  5. Interesting to see Boris stating City Hall never sell playing fields. His close aide, Daniel Moylan does not agree: he drove through the sale of Holland Park School's playing fields

  6. It will be fun examining the sports provision for the new Kensington Academy.Is tiddly-winks an Olympic sport?

  7. Let´s not forget Middle Row School, about to lose a chunk of playground to ´enable´ a new school, the hamster cage on Chelsea Academy, oh, yes, and the total lack of playground with breathable air for the new Warwick Road school. Didn´t St Thomas´lose playground space too?

  8. Girl on the Inside19 August 2012 at 09:14

    The history of the sale of the Holland Park School playing fields has little to do with Moylan. Although the Great Architect did tell anyone who would listen that he designed it, this is very doubtful, even he would have had difficulty in designing such a ghastly neighbour for Holland Park.

    Cockell adopted Buckmaster's destructive plan to sell off the playing fields and build a high rise school and high rise flats on the land next to and overlooking the most beautiful park in London. When the residents appealed to common sense to prevent this travesty, Cockell used his council funded drinking and dining budy, the disgraced ex-deputy mayor of London, Ian Clement, to work on Boris, 'to get it through'.

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