Date in court for school challenge
Council concerned over transport policy
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.
FUNGI TALK: (From left) Joanna Dodsworth and Penny Cullingtonat at Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens
PROTEST: Campaigners against Khalsa Secondary School