THE future of Handley Hill Primary School in Winsford looks bleak after county council bosses agreed to press ahead with proposals to shut it down.
Last week the school looked to have been given a temporary stay of execution after councillors voted 25 to 22 in favour of keeping it open.
But last week the council’s executive group, led by Conservative Cllr David Rowlands, ignored the advice of the full council and said the school should be closed.
Chairman of the Winsford Education Partnership Cty Cllr Tony Hooton is among those fighting to keep Handley Hill open. He told the Chronicle the school’s closure it now appears likely to go ahead.
“The executive have ignored the advice because they said there were no alternative proposals,” he said.
“But there were alternative proposals – proposals not to close Handley Hill. The school is obviously not happy with the decision. As soon as possible after Christmas Cllr Pam Booher and myself will have to decide what we’re going to do about it.”
A six-week consultation period will beginand the public will have the opportunity to express views on the plans - part of the controversial Transforming Learning Communities (TLC) review - to the council.
A final decision is likely to be made in February or early March.