It’s official. A recent Commons answer reveals that empty school places in Bristol have spiraled alarmingly upwards since Bristol’s much touted £270m ‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF) programme has started delivering new schools in the area.
In 2001 Bristol had surplus places in secondary schools running at around 8%. Now after the implementation of the BSF programme and a host of new secondary schools we have surplus places running at 13% and climbing.
Let’s just remind ourselves what the brains behind this expensive cock-up, our Deputy Council Leader Peter Hammond, assured us back in 2002:
“These plans have been put together very carefully to make sure pupils will enjoy high quality educational facilities, strategically located to meet the demand for places across the city.”
Well that turned out to be a load of bollocks didn’t it Peter? So why not give us all the best Christmas present ever and resign to spend more time with head up your gormless trade union friends’ backsides? Oh and feel free to take your hopeless boss Holland and your sidekick Bees with you. You’re all proven useless incompetents after all.