THE loss of the £300million Building Schools for the Future funding is a devastating blow to education in Ealing and raises serious concerns for children's futures.
Michael Gove's decision again hammers home the unfairness of our economic crisis as we watch the innocent pay for the folly of those in the political and financial sectors.
In one move, the education secretary has saved an awful lot of money, despite the fact a massive amount must have already been spent preparing for the schemes, but there are other problems he cannot wave away quite so easily.
He has no magic wand to deal with the needs of the rising population in the borough and the extra school places that will be required. And there is no magic fix to help those like the students of Springhallow who need more space now.
Perhaps the cruellest part of this decision, especially for those who had worked so hard during the years of planning, is that Ealing's work was so close.
Building at two schools was nearly under way and the paperwork for the rest had nearly been completed, meaning the government may have had to honour it.