Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has criticised the Green Party in Brighton & Hove and its Leader of the Council, Jason Kitcat, for underplaying the importance of new school places in the city and delaying to find an appropriate site for the King’s School.
Mike has written to his colleague Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, to highlight his concerns with the plans to build on the BHASVIC fields by Old Shoreham Road and is meeting with the Minister on Wednesday 5th June. Mike is extremely disappointed that the Department for Education was forced to intervene in this matter, as a result of continued inaction from the Green administration, which runs Brighton & Hove City Council, to deal with the local school places time-bomb.
Commenting, Mike said: “Jason Kitcat and the Green administration are jumping on the ‘Hove v Gove’ bandwagon, making a political point against the Government, when it in fact it is their own failures on schools that has resulted in this situation. I have repeatedly asked Jason Kitcat for a preferred site, but come across a brick wall. If residents want to be against someone, then perhaps it should be ‘Hove v Kitcat’. Plonking portacabins on playgrounds is not the answer.”
Mike added, “I wrote to Lord Nash about this matter and in his reply the Minister reiterated that no final decision has been made, which is why it is imperative that the Green administration fully engages in helping to find a new site and not just pontificate about their opposition to Free Schools.”