More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Save London's school fields

Hi Everyone,
As you know I occasionally post calls for petition signatures, but only on issues I come across that strike me as being totally outrageous...

 ...this is one such issue.

Education Secretary Michael Gove is selling off our school sports fields to rich property developers at a staggering rate - leaving a generation of British kids with nowhere to play.

But he’s overreached with his latest sell-off attempt, and if we stand together now we can stop him.

Rather than investing in education, Gove is on the verge of approving the sale of school fields at Elliott School in London - the latest in a string of 21 sales under his watch.
This could turn almost half of the school’s grounds into luxury residential apartments. 

Elliott School in London is where Team GB football star Fara Williams and I used to play when we were kids. The school is even a heritage-listed building, recognised by English Heritage as of national architectural importance. Under pressure, Gove is sending out conflicting messages about the sell-off, and a mass campaign, buoyed by Olympics euphoria, can save the school fields.
Ed Lattimore, former student

But under growing community pressure, Gove is hesitating, sending out conflicting messages about whether he approves the sell-off.

The local community is already mobilising against the sale, and a strong national outcry supporting this opposition can force Gove to back down and save these school fields -- sign the petition now and share with everyone you know:


Here's a more general petition for all school fields

It’s just emerged that over a million children could lose the fields where they play. [1] The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has quietly relaxed the rules protecting school playing fields. Many people are worried that this could open the door for them to be sold off to developers.

Without playing fields it’s hard to imagine the children of today - the Team GB of tomorrow - will ever match this year’s record Olympic medal haul. If playing fields are sold off and built on, there’ll be no way to get them back. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Right now David Cameron and his Government won't want a scandal about school playing fields taking the shine off the Olympic legacy. [2] There’s a great chance that if tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members create a public outcry by building a big petition, Michael Gove will back down to make sure the Olympic after-party continues on a high.

Click here to sign the petition to Michael Gove to save school children's play areas:


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