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"Could you also provide me with details of the funding for its purchase and who is providing the finance for this sculpture?" -
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is contributing £100,000 for the purchase of the sculpture through section 106 funds (section 106 is a planning requirement), and Holland Park School the rest. Should the sculpture be sold at some future date, RBKC would receive a pro-rata share of the purchase price. RBKC is also meeting the related costs of £8,720 quoted above, again from S106 funds."Who will be the owner of this sculpture?" Holland Park School - but should the sculpture be sold in the future the school will have to reimburse the Council's purchase and installation costs."Who commissioned this sculpture and how was its commissioning and purchase approved and by whom?" - The joint Commissioners are The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Holland Park School.
At least Pooter didn't suggest a statue of himself atop the school!
Cockell is pure embarrassment
Cockell is a skillful political operator. He held on to power by giving out jobs and bribing Councillors with SRA's (K&C ran up the highest SRA's in the country). That,s how he controlled the system by buying loyalty. And those who did not toe the line (eg Cllr Freeman, Cllr Borwick) were banished. Even Cllr Coleridge was punished by taking away the promised post of Mayor because he was rash enough to oppose the Sloane Square proposals. Don,t write Pooter off yet.
But there were skeletons too. Those fortunate enough to know (eg Cllr Phelps) secured their position and influence by keeping their secrets
And remember the Mason's network. Pooter is a Master. And he knew how to work the gay mafia in Hornton Street too.
Cllr Cockell cannot be a Master Mason. One is required to declare Masonic membership on one's register of interests. It is now a criminal offence not to. He does not declare this on his register, so he can't be one. And by the way, no one at K+C is a Mason because no one has declared it. So there!
Thank you for making this clear, 22.20. It is welcome news.
I will investigate
Maybe all the councillor masons at the Town Hall are criminally refusing the declare that fact. (PS. I don't mean Labour councillor Pat Mason!)
Dear Cllr Cockell,Thank you for your suggestion. However, as the piece alleges - correctly or incorrectly - that a considerable sum of “taxpayers’" money was used to fund a sculpture, that is why I asked you, not the school. As a taxpayer, I - not unreasonably - wish to understand whether the Council sanctioned such expenditure or not and, if so, how much was paid.If you are unable to confirm or deny the allegation, can you please advise me which of your Council colleagues is in a position to do so? Kind regardsKeith Barker-MainDear Mr Barker-MainI have no idea whether taxpayer money was spent but the point is that the school is accountable and that is why you need to approach them. Academies are as independent of local authorities as the private sector and the government (past and present) planned it that way.Regards,Merrick Cockell
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