Date in court for school chal­lenge

Coun­cil con­cerned over trans­port pol­icy

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A DATE has been set for two coun­cils’ chal­lenges against the decision to al­low a free school to re­main in a vil­lage.

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil and Stoke Po­ges Parish Coun­cil will have their chal­lenges heard in High Court next year.

The coun­cils are con­test­ing the decision by Sec­re­tary of State Eric Pick­les to al­low Khalsa Sec­ondary Academy School, a Sikh free school, to re­main in Holly­bush Hill, Stoke Po­ges.

Mr Pick­les over­ruled the rec­om­men­da­tion for re­fusal by in­spec­tor Ava Woods for Khalsa School fol­low­ing a two day plan­ning in­quiry held in July.

The High Court will hear the chal­lenges sep­a­rately, but on the same day, on March 11 to 12, 2015.

The parish coun­cil has said it is against the school re­main­ing due to trans­port, noise and con­tam­i­na­tion con­cerns.

The in­spec­tor rec­om­mended re­fusal based on noise con­cerns.

The news comes as Farn­ham Royal Parish Coun­cil, which cov­ers Farn­ham Common and Farn­ham Royal, broke its si­lence on the is­sue.

It de­cided at its meet­ing on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 27, to press Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) on its pol­icy re­gard­ing home to school trans­port and Khalsa Sec­ondary School.

The school is the clos­est sec­ondary school to Farn­ham Common and Farn­ham Royal.

Coun­cil­lors have said they are con­cerned there are no pub­lic trans­port links or foot­paths from the Farn­hams to the school, and that free trans­port would be un­avail­able due to the school be­ing lo­cated un­der three miles away - which is the cri­te­ria.

Cllr Heidi Hodgkins added: “Surely we should be seen to be do­ing some­thing? It has gone on for some time and we have sat back and watched things un­ravel.

“Peo­ple are get­ting wor­ried about it and we have to do some­thing.”

The parish coun­cil has said it will await more in­for­ma­tion be­fore tak­ing ac­tion.

The Khalsa Sec­ondary Academy School de­clined to com­ment. PEO­PLE joined a fungi ex­pert for a walk and talk at a memo­rial gar­dens.

Stoke Po­ges Memo­rial Gar­dens in­vited peo­ple to visit its grounds to meet Penny Culling­ton, a mem­ber of the Bri­tish My­co­log­i­cal So­ci­ety and also the sec­re­tary of the Buck­ing­hamshire Fun­gus Group.

The group for­aged on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

Up to 50 types of fungi have been found be­fore, in­clud­ing the rare earth­star.

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201411006

FUNGI TALK: (From left) Joanna Dodsworth and Penny Culling­to­nat at Stoke Po­ges Memo­rial Gar­dens

PROTEST: Cam­paign­ers against Khalsa Sec­ondary School

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