On 18th January it was with disbelief and sadness that we received the news that the Government had published its decision to release the Ministry of Defence site, Kneller Hall, for sale. We strongly disagree with this proposal and will seek to challenge the Government.
Kneller Hall, and the Royal School of Military Music, are part of Whitton’s cultural heritage and much loved by residents of Whitton and the wider Borough. In 2007 Richmond Council conferred the Freedom of the Borough on the School in recognition of its 150 year anniversary and importance to the area.
We therefore urge residents to join the fight against the Government’s proposals by signing this petition to challenge the Government:
Sign Petition – Click here - http://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=500000007&RPID=500196763&HPID=500196763
This is a non-political petition hosted on the Council’s website. If it reaches 1,000 signatures it will trigger a debate of the full Council (all parties). This is important as it will mean the Council will develop an official position to put to Government. At the last Council the Liberal Democrats joined Cllr Lord True, leader of the Richmond Conservatives, in condemning the Government’s announcement. As such this petition and a strong response will provide a strong mandate from the public to Richmond Council to negotiate with the Government.
PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE SO THAT WE CAN SAVE KNELLER HALL
Notes to Editors
- The full decision can be read here - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defence-minister-mark-lancaster-announces-release-of-mod-sites-for-development
- Council petition - http://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=500000007&RPID=500196763&HPID=500196763