City of London Residents Battle Their Council To Save The Barbican

We’ve given previous coverage to the fight against yet another proposed extension to the City of London School for Girls. We thought it useful to do a quick update here since when we last covered the matter we hadn’t come across this excellent campaign website: https://sosbarbican.com/

We’d also urge all readers of this blog to sign the petition against the expansion: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-barbican-estate-from-harmful-redevelopment

Back in August, common councillor Graeme Harrower kindly sent Reclaim EC1 the following message: “A City resident obtained, through a freedom of information request, the following information about Michael Snyder, a supporter of the proposed expansion of the City of London School for Girls. I thought you might want to have it by way of background. He became a City councillor in 1986. He has been a member of the Policy and Resources Committee for 22 years. He joined it in 1997, and was Chair from 2005 -2007 and Deputy Chair in 2008. He has been on the Board of Governors of the CLSG for 29 years, from 1989 to 2013 and from 2014 to the present. He was Chair from 2014 -2016 and Deputy Chair in 1990. I have checked with the Town Clerk’s department on whether there is maximum period for which a member can sit on either of these bodies. The answer is no. In fact, there is no maximum length of service on any City committee or board except the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Standards Committee, which have a regulatory function, and the Barbican Centre Board and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (which are “high status” appointments that I suspect many members covet).”

Update (7 November 2019): on where the pupils at the City of London School for Girls come from. Since posting this blog we discovered on the school’s website a breakdown by postcode of where its pupils commute in from, which is all over London and the home counties, but particularly north and north west London. It isn’t possible to determine from the publicly published data how many pupils live in the City but it would seem at least a few – but probably not all – of the 25 under the EC postcode.  This postcode covers most of the City but also parts of the far more densely populated boroughs Islington, Camden, Westminster, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. What is clear from the overall data is there is no real reason for the school to be located in the City of London and that if it is not abolished (in our opinion the best solution), somewhere like Harlesden would be a more appropriate location for it. See: https://web.archive.org/web/20191003094110/https://www.clsg.org.uk/page/?title=Travelling+to+City&pid=188 and https://web.archive.org/web/20191107231318/https://www.clsg.org.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=537&type=pdf
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Where the pupils at the City of London School for Girls commute in from according to a map on that institution’s website.

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