In the meantime, there have been further developments. Clare Casey of the SLP has covered the story pithily. The SLP noted on 26th August that Jim Clancey was summonsed to court in August and asked to return in October this year. According to Casey's article, Lambeth Council are "determined to press ahead with plans" and Cllr Robbins has added his view to the mix, 'It’s sad that the pupils at Archbishop Tenison’s do not have enough space to play in.'. I can't understand why, if the school expansion has not yet taken place, the pupils don't have the space to play in. Does that mean that the school has increased its intake without first ensuring that they had enough space? The Evening Standard picked up the story a week or so ago in a paragraph here, so it seems an apposite time to explore the the matter further.
In July 2008, when Lambeth Council were considering how they might expand Archbishop Tenison, they had architects (Atkins) draw up a number of documents to show what the expansion might look like. (All of the drawings are shown below). As you can see, out of 6 options (including the control option), only the final version of the drawing requires the swallowing up of the ground upon which the Triangle playground sits. So the question is why the Council opted for that version and not one of the others... Why did Lambeth Council choose option 6?
I've received information that suggests that one of the incumbent Oval ward councillors (one who is said to have close ties with Cllr Steve Reed), has not responded to any of the letters sent on the issue of the Triangle playground. Is there anybody on the Council prepared to stand up and defend the borough's playgrounds? The One O'Clock club in Kennington faces losing land, the Triangle faces eviction and Lollard Street Adventure Playground have had to set up a Friends group to ensure that it is well supported. In the meantime, I'd be particularly pleased to hear from anybody that could point me to a report on when the Ethelred Youth Centre was last inspected? Who owns the lease on that piece of land?
Perhaps somebody (councillor or otherwise) could shed some light here on why the BFS (Building Future Schools) team chose option 6 when there were 5 other perfectly good options for the school expansion? Perhaps I'm wrong. If the Council do not intend to turn the Triangle playground into a car park, as they remarked here, then why exactly is the Triangle land needed for the expansion of the school? I think there are probably more questions than answers on this particular matter.