CAMPAIGNERS battling to keep Handley Hill open have slammed the move to press ahead with the school’s closure.
Chair of governors, Betty Cleary described the executive group’s decision as “a farce”. And supporters have lambasted lead member for children’s services Cty Cllr David Rowlands for ignoring the full council’s recommendation to keep the school open.
Betty said she is “saddened” by the news.
“It’s a complete farce but we’re not taking it lying down – the gloves are off,” she said.
“Democracy in Cheshire is non-existent. How one man can turn around and overrule the majority of the full council is beyond me. Why bother getting the recommendation of the whole council if he’s got the audacity to overrule it?
“Cllr Rowlands is certainly off my Christmas card list. He’s not thinking about the children.”
Charlie Parkinson, town and borough councillor for Winsford’s Over ward, said: “The parents are outraged and disgusted. We will be fighting on and we will be putting alternative proposals to the council. We’re not fighting a lost cause – there’s a lot to play for.”
Another staunch supporter of the school’s cause, Cllr Des Worthington, added: “If Cheshire County Council had checked their figures with regards to surplus places they would have found other schools in the locality were more suitable for closure than Handley Hill.
“What’s the point in these meetings and public consultations when the decisions have already been made?”