Reportage from Ludlow Advertiser
Ludlow Advertiser reports
Above: Peter Phillips presents Schools Minister David Laws with the formal Complaint at a LibDem event in Birmingham.
A formal complaint over Shropshire Council’s controversial schools closures has been tabled to Schools Minister David Laws. The complaint is being lodged by retired LibDem Leader Peter Phillips, and Shropshire Councillors Heather Kidd and Nigel Hartin.
‘Researching all this, I have to say, re-kindled my anger at the disdain and half-truths to which the public was treated by the Council,’ said Mr Phillips. ‘The chances of a ministerial intervention are always remote, but I am clear that there are issues to be looked at – and David Laws has a formidable reputation.’
The Complaint asserts, in sum, that the council failed to comply with Statutory Guidance on Schools Closures.
‘I have been involved in two phases of schools closures,’ said Cllr Kidd. The pain, the anger and often the despair was appalling. The very least one could have expected was proper process and clear responses. We didn’t have that.’
‘The Council’s assault on rural schools was shameful, said Cllr Hartin,’ There have already been two waves of closures, so it is quite likely that another is being brewed. I hope this Complaint may come as a warning shot.’
Contact Peter Phillips 01588 650 625
Heather Kidd 01938 561 651
Nigel Hartin 01547 530 400
The complaint is supported by the Nat Association of Small Schools(Contact: Mervyn Benford.)