Ken Livingstone Speaks Out Against Sale of Elliott School Fields
Stating that he believes the "plan is unlawful"
Commenting on the proposed sale of playing fields at Elliott School, Wandsworth Ken Livingstone,
Labour’s candidate for London Mayor said: “I am opposed to the sale of school playing fields in all but the most exceptional case. There is nothing
exceptional about this case, it is simply the fact that Wandsworth Council has failed to invest in and
maintain Elliot School over a long period of time and that their colleagues in the Tory-led Government
cancelled the planned investment of £40million that the school so desperately needs.”
Wandsworth's children's services spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said:
"The simple fact of the matter is that the council is currently spending tens of millions of pounds on improving local schools, providing extra places in some of the borough's best performing and most popular ones and also on setting up new schools to give parents even greater choice when it comes to the education of their children.
"Elliott needs a multi-million pound investment to provide the kind of school building and facilities that will allow its pupils to thrive. Mr Livingstone may think he can just magic money out of thin air, but in the real world the rest of us have to budget properly and work within the nation's financial constraints. These plans, which are the subject of ongoing public consultation, have the full backing of Elliott's headteacher and governors and are designed to deliver a great school fit for the 21st Century."