CHESHIRE County Council has been threatened with legal action following a vote to close a village school re-lied upon by travellers.
John Roberts, of the Chester-based Racial Equality Council, yesterday told the council's Tory executive the authority's Race Impact Assessment (RIA) into the closure of Dunham Hill Primary was 'inadequate'.
He is now threatening to take the matter to a county court, and is urging parents to complain to the Commission For Racial Equality.
After a 'call-in' led by opposition members Cllrs Sue Proctor and Ken Edwards, the council's performance and overview committee had called on the executive to re-consider its decision to publish notices proposing the school's closure in 2008.
Parents and governors had argued it would be difficult to replicate Dunham's expertise at another school, with Helsby's Horn's Mill Primary earmarked to take the displaced children.
The council's Transforming Learning Communities (TLC) programme aims to cut surplus places at schools like Dunham, which has a capacity of 88, and 47 pupils on roll, 27 of them travellers.
But the school argues its numbers change throughout the year as traveller children come and go.
Mr Roberts said the RIA was inadequate because the council did not have the necessary data on Cheshire's traveller community.
Council solicitor Gerry Budd insisted the authority had met its duties.
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