Dr Matthew James Offord FRGS is our local Member of Parliament. He has supported our cause from the start. He has been very approachable and has visited personally to lend his support. He attended our inaugural meeting and spoke to the residents. He has written letters and met with many people on our behalf.
Matthew’s first visit
Our local MP Matthew Offord made a personal visit in response to residents concerns over the proposed Avanti school development in Broadfields.
While he expressed his support for free schools he voiced his concerns over the proposed development in Broadfields and agreed with all of our points. All in all it was a very positive meeting.Names of those in the photo Left to Right Ray Russell Errol Fadil Janine Simons Andrew Simons Rita Atwal Armeena Atwal Barbara Simon Matthew Offord MP Ralph Simon Leon Malins
Matthew’s second visit
Matthew visited for a follow up meeting. He had been busy on our behalf writing letters and talking to people. He expressed his continued support for our cause.
Names of those in the photo Left to Right
Matthew Offord MP
Matthew delivers petition to Parliament
A big thank you to Matthew Offord who stayed until almost 9pm to make sure he was able to personally deliver our petition to parliament.
Below is a transcript of his speech
Matthew Offord (Hendon, Conservative)
I rise to present a petition on behalf of residents of Hendon, and specifically on behalf of the Broadfields Estate residents association.
The petition states:
The Petition of Residents of Hendon,
Declares that the Petitioners oppose the Avanti House School development on Broadfields, Edgware; further that the petitioners note that Avanti House School have identified land between Hartland Drive and Broadfields Primary School for a new school which would accommodate 1680 pupils and that sport pitches are planned to be placed on green belt land; further that the petitioners do not believe that the area can accommodate this and the proposed school will not actually serve the Broadfields area or even the Borough of Barnet; further that pupils would arrive by cars and buses adding to already congested roads and that the north part of Broadfields is surrounded by green belt land and access is possible via only two roads meaning the area is only able to handle residential traffic. This development threatens to cause traffic chaos and ruin the lives of our local community.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government not to support the relocation of Avanti House School to the Broadfields site in Edgware, and draw attention to this petition and to a second submitted to Barnet council, containing 1,002 signatures.
And the Petitioners remain, as in duty bound, will ever pray.
Letters written by Matthew Offord
Letter to Michael Gove.
Letter to Richard Cornelius.
Letter to Broadfields residents 23rd April 2013.
Letter to Broadfields residents 11th June 2013.