Friday, 9 November 2012

Who really speaks for Walthamstow residents?

Our petition now has more than 180 signatures on it, in just over three weeks, which is a great achievement. We need to ask you to help us now by forwarding the petition link to your family and your friends in Waltham Forest.

Here is the link to the petition:

We now urgently need to make this a massive petition. Here’s why.

Oasis and WSSI have issued a joint press release announcing the end of their consultation.

Oasis and WSSI’s claim that they have won 500 supporters over the last five months. Presumably, these supporters have been counted using those people who answered the question ‘would you like a new school?’ The consultation did not ask if people would like a Free School, nor were they asked to state whether that was their preference.

By contrast, our petition, calling for any expansion of schooling to be from our existing local authority schools has won 181 signatures in just over three weeks.

In spite of this, WSSI’s Jen Powell has a quote attributed to her in which she says she is ‘thrilled by the overwhelming support of local parents’! We’d be interested in your thoughts on this.

We think that makes it imperative to build our petition now and to start using it to pressure our local councillors and our local MP. We will be sending out more advice on how to do this shortly.

In the meantime, you can read the full press release from Oasis/WSSI here.

Please forward the link to the petition to your family and friends and urge them to sign. We want to leave the council, our MP and the Department for Education in no doubt how Walthamstow residents really feel.

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