A Reader Writes.....
My Dear Dame
As fury mounts at the continued obstruction by Holland Park School over access to its palatial new sports facilities the one Councillor who has nothing to say on the matter is Cllr Elizabeth Rutherford. This is curious as not only is Cllr. Rutherford the Council’s one remaining representative on The Holland Park School Academy Board of Governors but she is also the Vice Chair of the Family and Children’s Scrutiny Committee.
At last night’s unusually animated F & C scrutiny committee meeting, as other members fulminated at the failure of the New Academy to meet its legal obligations to its community, Cllr Rutherford sat there in stony silence. The only hint of her general discomfort being the rigidity of her upper lip and her slightly pink complexion.
Rutherford was handpicked as a ‘model candidate ‘ by the unlamented Pooter but the potential he saw in her seem invisible to everyone else.
Cllr Rutherford’s job is to represent the views of the Council and Community to the school and to explain the School’s actions and policy to the Council. If she is not going to do this at this time of crisis in Holland Park School’s relationship with the local authority she should simply make way for someone who will do the job.