Agenda item - Public Involvement

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Agenda item

Public Involvement

To consider the following matters raised by members of the public:


(a)     Petitions: to receive any petitions presented to the full council or at the meeting itself;


(b)     Written Questions: to receive any questions submitted by the due date of 12 noon on the 31 May 2016;


(c)     Deputations: to receive any deputations submitted by the due date of 12 noon on the 31 May 2016.


5.1       The Committee considered a petition signed by 177 people regarding the Friar Road Community. Mr B Varey presented the petition to the Committee and read out the following:


            “The Friar community (Friar Crescent/Road/Close/Walk) cannot accept the three options on the changing secondary school catchment areas which the City council proposed.


The three options are not acceptable because –


·         We feel that we have not been fairly represented in this process and that there is not a mutual concern for our children’s education and wellbeing.

·         Our community is discriminated against in comparison with other communities in Hove and Brighton in spite of "extreme proximity" to our two local schools.

·         The City council should fulfil the legal requirements to the local authorities. The current proposal cannot fulfil the requirement of fairness (School Admissions Code 14). It cannot fulfil the Equality Act 2010 which prohibits discrimination. Denial of our children’s access to our two local schools is unlawful. We do not allow any policies which infringe our (parents and their children) legal rights.


It is requested that –


·         Given our extreme proximity, we request that the City Council prepare alternative options which legitimately allow access to both our local schools.”


5.2       The Chair thanked the petitioner and gave the following response:


“The engagement phase of the work around secondary school admission arrangements from 2018 has generated an excellent level of responses. These will help inform the development of the proposal that will go to formal consultation in the autumn. This phase lasted 7 week, involved 24 public meetings attended by nearly 820 people and 1644 responses were received to the engagement survey placed online.


I can assure you that the views of the Friar community have been heard throughout the engagement work not least through the petition you have brought to the committee today. I would like to thank you for your involvement and your efforts to ensure the voice of your community is heard during this phase of the work.   


We must now give the working party time to consider the responses that have been received and discuss how they will inform the proposal that will come back to this committee on 19 September 2016.”


5.3       RESOLVED – That the Committee note the petition.


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