School ob­jec­tors ‘mis­lead’ lo­cals

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JAY GRENBY

ETZ CHAIM Jewish Pri­mary gov­er­nors’ chair, Adam Daw­son, has voiced con­cern that “lo­cal res­i­dents are be­ing mis­led about the school project” by op­po­nents of the scheme.

With build­ing work about to start on the con­ver­sion of a for­mer gar­den cen­tre in Mill Hill into per­ma­nent premises for the free school, a pri­vately funded leaflet has been pro­duced to counter what the gov­er­nors claim are “myths and un­truths”.

Three thou­sand copies were hand­de­liv­ered to homes in the area at the week­end.

Mr Daw­son said it clar­i­fied in con­sid­er­able de­tail is­sues such as the ac­tual own­er­ship of the site — and, in par­tic­u­lar, the ram­i­fi­ca­tions for tax­pay­ers of the on­go­ing le­gal chal­lenges to Bar­net Coun­cil’s grant­ing of plan­ning per­mis­sion.

It also an­nounced a public meet­ing on May 13 at Copthall Girls’ School, when the find­ings of a ques­tion­naire on com­mu­nity use for the site will be dis­cussed.

Mr Daw­son claimed that more than 90 per cent of re­sponses had been pos­i­tive.

Sug­ges­tions had in­cluded meet­ing rooms, keep-fit classes, a po­etry fes­ti­val, sports ac­tiv­i­ties, art cour­ses and sum­mer pro­grammes.

“We are very ex­cited that the school is go­ing ahead on Daws Lane,” he added, “and are look­ing for­ward to the whole com­mu­nity ben­e­fit­ing from a won­der­ful re­source”.

Op­po­si­tion cam­paign­ers have been dis­tribut­ing a hastily pre­pared re­sponse.

Cam­paign leader Gaon Hart al­leged that the “threat­en­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing” tone of the school’s leaflet had as­sisted his group’s fundrais­ing drive.

“Mill Hill res­i­dents do not take kindly to be­ing told what they can and can­not sup­port in a free and demo­cratic so­ci­ety. This could be their last-ditch at­tempt to stop le­gal ac­tion.”

On Wed­nes­day, Bar­net Coun­cil was served with a pre-ac­tion let­ter, an­nounc­ing the cam­paign­ers’ in­ten­tion to launch a sec­ond ju­di­cial re­view of the coun­cil’s decision to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion.

PHOTO: GELNN ED­WARDS

Res­i­dents of Cardiff’s Peny­lan House, Anita Cel­nik ( left), Es­ther Evans and Kath­leen Dee en­joy an al fresco cuppa as work starts on a £4.65m re­de­vel­op­ment of the home by Linc Care, whose chair David Clarke is also pic­tured, along with the chair of Peny­lan House trus­tees, Judy Cot­sen. The ex­panded home will in­clude a kosher kitchen

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