Letter: Councillor Peter Walker replies to Merton Council leader after sacking

Your Local Guardian: Councillor Peter Walker was cabinet member for education until today Councillor Peter Walker was cabinet member for education until today

Councillor Walker has replied to the leader of Merton Council, Stephen Alambritis, after being sacked as cabinet member for education this morning.

"Dear Stephen,

I am saddened by your decision to dismiss me from the Cabinet as a result of a complaint from the “Save our Rec” Campaign.

"Illegal fly posting in my local park, Dundonald Rec, by Save our Rec supporters is wrong. As you know, the Council itself and the local park keeper have repeatedly had to take down their fly posts.

"I now find myself in the strange position for being sacked for doing what Council staff had been instructed to do. Namely to remove illegal flyposts put up by supporters of Save our Rec in my local recreation ground.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity you gave me to lead the major re-structuring of Education in Merton over the last two years.

"I am particularly pleased to have facilitated the expansion of good and outstanding local primary schools often in the face of determined opposition.

"I was delighted to announce last week that Merton had secured an additional £7.3M for our school expansion programme, and last night I was able to tell the Council Scrutiny Panel that we will be able to offer places to all our 5 year olds this coming September.

"This is a direct result of the expansion programme that I have pursued and ensures that the 39% increase in five-year-olds that we have had in Merton will be accommodated.

"Last but not least, this all came after the best ever GCSE results by Merton schools last summer.

"It goes without saying that I will continue to support you and this Council’s policies loyally from Labour’s back benches, and will use all my efforts to ensure that the progress that schools in Merton made while I was Cabinet Member for Education continues.

Best wishes

Peter Walker

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8:00am Fri 20 Apr 12

tjames says...

reyour last paragraph--more fool you
reyour last paragraph--more fool you tjames

12:08pm Fri 20 Apr 12

mertonman says...

What self-rightous nonsense! I live right by the scene of this incident (have done for more than 20 years) and posters are frequently put up for events, lost cats etc and not removed. Peter Walker was selectively removing posters he did not agree with (I note he left the poster for the Merton Art show at the other end of the railings). His furtive manner, checking to see if anyone was coming, moving to the bin and away again belie his claim of acting in civic interest. How ridiculous politicians of this ilk appear when they are caught red-handed and try to justify themselves. Well done Stephen Alambritis for acting promptly and decisively.
What self-rightous nonsense! I live right by the scene of this incident (have done for more than 20 years) and posters are frequently put up for events, lost cats etc and not removed. Peter Walker was selectively removing posters he did not agree with (I note he left the poster for the Merton Art show at the other end of the railings). His furtive manner, checking to see if anyone was coming, moving to the bin and away again belie his claim of acting in civic interest. How ridiculous politicians of this ilk appear when they are caught red-handed and try to justify themselves. Well done Stephen Alambritis for acting promptly and decisively. mertonman

3:28pm Mon 30 Apr 12

rawlins says...

What he did was right, however in his position, silly! The over righteous, vitriolic nimbys who make up the save our rec campaign ought to be ashamed of themselves. This was entrapment. Highly amusing that the person who filmed him has remained anonymous, wonder why? Fix my bike my a**e, how about fix a school place for my young children?
What he did was right, however in his position, silly! The over righteous, vitriolic nimbys who make up the save our rec campaign ought to be ashamed of themselves. This was entrapment. Highly amusing that the person who filmed him has remained anonymous, wonder why? Fix my bike my a**e, how about fix a school place for my young children? rawlins

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