I WRITE in support of the parents of the Colville School children and the wider Portobello community who are protesting over the plan to allow a French private nursery to take over the old laundry in the school playground.

It will result in the loss of much-needed play space for the children and antique dealers' Saturday parking, along with the income the parking brings the school.

Like Costas Kleanthous, chairman of the Portobello Antique Dealers, my property is only 20cm from the proposed extension to the laundry.

I too was excluded from RBKC's planning 'consultation'.

So were the Colville Terrace residents behind it.

None of the 100 residents of Portobello Court, who supposedly received consultation letters, mentioned the matter at the recent series of local LDF meetings.

Councillors said nothing.

There are currently three public petitions against the scheme.

None of 500 parents saw the site notice supposedly placed outside the school on another road about 100m from the old laundry.

This sort of thing happens far too often. Architectually the scheme is unexceptional. Socially it is a disaster.

Because RBKC failed to consult the near neighbours, a potential deathtrap has been approved within the plans.

The danger will become apparent if and when building starts.

The scheme has been kept secret. The children will lose, the antiques market will lose, the community will lose.

So who benefits?


Delehar Antiques

Portobello Road