Government investigation launched into Enfield Borough Council spending school cash on CCTV cameras and road works

Conservative MP Nick de Bois

Conservative MP Nick de Bois

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The Government will investigate Enfield Borough Council’s plans to spend money allocated to pay for new schools on CCTV and road works.

The Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust received thousands of pounds from the Government to help pay for the creation of Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy in Cuckoo Hall Lane in Edmonton.

However, Enfield North MP Nick de Bois asked in Parliament why some of the money – which the council claims to be approximately £50,000 - will be spent on CCTV for parking control, footway improvements and traffic management.

The Conservative MP asked Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles: “All the money awarded for the building of a new free school in my constituency should go to benefit our children’s education, so is the Secretary of State surprised to learn that Enfield council is demanding tens of thousands of pounds of that budget for section 106 costs, providing no educational support?”

The secretary of state said Mr de Bois made a  “reasonable point,” which the Government are looking into it as a “matter of urgency.”

However, Enfield’s cabinet member for children and young people, Councillor Ayfer Orhan, defended the council’s actions.

He said a report requested during a planning committee that approximately £50,000 was spent on improving highways relating to the development of the schools.

He also said there had been a request for "minor landscaping" and "tree planting."

Cllr Orhan said: "These have been discussed with the applicant and are no different to the sort of measures and costs required if the local authority was locating or expanding a maintained school there.

"Any new educational provision, be it free school, academy or maintained will have an impact on traffic and the environment and ameliorating the impact of these issues costs money and there is no differentiation between different types of schools."

However, Mr de Bois told the Enfield Independent: “With Enfield suffering a shortage of primary school places in the borough, this news will anger parents who will question why the council has prioritised CCTV installation instead of funding school places.”

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11:29am Fri 16 Nov 12

dons24pelliparclose says...

Quote: "The Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust received thousands of pounds from the Government to help pay for the creation of Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy in Cuckoo Hall Lane in Edmonton." This statement may be factually correct but potentially misleading in several senses.

The Parliamentary Question on 12 November states simply

"All the money awarded for the building of a new free school in my constituency should go to benefit our children’s education, so is the Secretary of State surprised to learn that Enfield council is demanding tens of thousands of pounds of that budget for section 106 costs, providing no educational support?"

This refers to the proposed creation of "Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy" for which land has been leased in Enfield Highway just off The Ride, EN3 opposite Waverley School. The land, which currently forms part of the Enfield Centre of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London College (COHENEL), has been kindly agreed to be leased to Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust by the COHENEL College Governors. This site is within the Enfield North Parliamentary constituency

As set out at on their web site "Work is expected to start on site, in EN3, subject to planning permission, in Autumn 2012, for occupation by teachers and pupils a year later in September 2013"

In the meantime the school temporarily operates from the site of Cuckoo Hall Academy, Cuckoo Hall Lane,
Edmonton N9 8DR within the Edmonton Parliamentary Consituency
Quote: "The Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust received thousands of pounds from the Government to help pay for the creation of Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy in Cuckoo Hall Lane in Edmonton." This statement may be factually correct but potentially misleading in several senses. The Parliamentary Question on 12 November states simply "All the money awarded for the building of a new free school in my constituency should go to benefit our children’s education, so is the Secretary of State surprised to learn that Enfield council is demanding tens of thousands of pounds of that budget for section 106 costs, providing no educational support?" This refers to the proposed creation of "Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy" for which land has been leased in Enfield Highway just off The Ride, EN3 opposite Waverley School. The land, which currently forms part of the Enfield Centre of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London College (COHENEL), has been kindly agreed to be leased to Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust by the COHENEL College Governors. This site is within the Enfield North Parliamentary constituency As set out at on their web site "Work is expected to start on site, in EN3, subject to planning permission, in Autumn 2012, for occupation by teachers and pupils a year later in September 2013" In the meantime the school temporarily operates from the site of Cuckoo Hall Academy, Cuckoo Hall Lane, Edmonton N9 8DR within the Edmonton Parliamentary Consituency dons24pelliparclose
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11:42am Fri 16 Nov 12

dons24pelliparclose says...

This topic was previously reported as "Free school funding used to pay for CCTV and highway improvements" by Gabriella Jozwiak in Children and Young People Now, www.cynow.co.uk , on 14th November.

The s106 agreement is a negotiated legal agreement which has to be entered into and executed as a Deed under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 before a full Planning Permission letter can be issued. Having entered an obligation the actual timing of the payment by the applicant can be variously phased to become due at various times in the future
This topic was previously reported as "Free school funding used to pay for CCTV and highway improvements" by Gabriella Jozwiak in Children and Young People Now, www.cynow.co.uk , on 14th November. The s106 agreement is a negotiated legal agreement which has to be entered into and executed as a Deed under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 before a full Planning Permission letter can be issued. Having entered an obligation the actual timing of the payment by the applicant can be variously phased to become due at various times in the future dons24pelliparclose
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