Tories reject rethink on Turing House site

Richmond Council's Conservative administration outvoted a last minute bid by Liberal Democrat councillors to secure a better permanent site for the Turing House School.

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Richmond Council's Conservative administration outvoted a last minute bid by Liberal Democrat councillors to secure a better permanent site for the Turing House School.

Residents across the borough have expressed their concern that the proposed site on the Hounslow Border is inappropriate not least because it doesn't serve the catchment area for Turing House.  Liberal Democrat councillor for Heathfield, John Coombs, and Liberal Democrat Councillor for Whitton, Liz Jaeger tabled a motion asking the council to reconsider the Hounslow site and take another look at the unused site adjacent to the David Lloyd fitness centre on Staines Road

Unfortunately, in spite of overwhelming support of local residents, the Tory administration rejected the motion.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Coombs said “'Sadly the Conservatives are more interested in playing silly political games rather than listening to the views of our residents. Unfortunately the local Whitton and Heathfield Conservative Councillors seemed to have been heavily 'whipped' into supporting their administration.  It's shameful that this last minute bid has been scuppered in this way.'

Cllr Jaeger added  “I think parents of children and Turing House and residents in Whitton and Heathfield will all be very disappointed that the Conservatives have dismissed their concerns so lightly. This was the Conservatives’ opportunity to show that they are on the side of local residents, clearly they’re not.”