CAMPAIGNERS battling to keep a Winsford primary school open have finally conceded defeat.
Last December Cheshire county councillors voted to keep the Handley Hill Primary School open, a recommendation overturned by lead councillor for children’s services, David Rowlands.
Winsford Cllr Charlie Parkinson wrote to the Local Government Ombudsman asking him to investigate the decision. But this week the last-ditch attempt to save the school was rebuffed, and it will now close next summer.
Cllr Parkinson said: “We had a letter saying our case is being discontinued. So basically it’s over, this is the final nail in the coffin.
“We’ve told everyone to do with the school and there are a lot of upset people because they thought there was a hope of keeping it open.”
Parents and governors feel that Handley Hill was unfairly marked for closure last summer as part of the county council’s controversial Transforming Learning Communities (TLC) review.
At the time it only had 12 per cent surplus spaces, when neighbouring schools had up to 40 per cent.
But campaigners have now admitted the fight is over. Cllr Parkinson added: “It’s now time to give up the fight and concentrate on the wellbeing and welfare of the children.”