PLANS to close Tilstock and Welshampton primary schools have been called off.
The controversial cost-cutting measures were expected to be given the go-ahead by the county council’s Cabinet this morning, Wed.
But huge pressure from protestors forced councillors to postpone the closure of 22 small schools.
They are, however, going ahead with consultation on amalgamating 16 schools.
There has been a huge outcry in Tilstock and Welshampton over the plans.
Parents and pupils from both schools joined hundreds of other protestors at a rally outside Shirehall today.
The council’s U-turn was prompted by concerns over the accuracy of figures in the council’s report on school rolls.
Councillors also decided to wait for the outcome of a meeting tonight between county MPs and Schools Minister Jim Knight.
Falling pupil numbers across the county is at the root of the council’s cash crisis.
But Owen Paterson MP believes the problem can be solved if general taxation is more equally distributed by Whitehall.
“A Shropshire child receives £3,551 out of general taxation yet a child in the City of London receives £7,089,” said Mr Paterson, who will be among the MPs meeting Mr Knight at Westminster tonight.
See Thursday’s Herald for more details.