Ash Grove future still in balance

THE closure of Ash Grove School is not “a done deal”, says Cheshire’s executive member for children’s services, David Rowlands.

Consultations on the proposed closure were to have taken place after October’s half term holiday, but Cty Cllr Rowlands has brought them forward to between Friday September 5 and Friday October 10.

He said: “I believe that the October 10 deadline gives everyone time to come forward with their views and it must be remembered that that these views are extremely important as we gather information before making a decision about the future of the school.

“It must be stressed that this is not a ‘done deal’ and that the closure proposal needs a thorough debate including hearing the views from everyone connected with the school.

“I did not accept the recommendation for consultations to start at a later date because the school has known about this particular process for some considerable time and it would not have been fair for all concerned to begin this process after the half term break.”

Some councillors believe a decision on the school’s future should be deferred until the new Cheshire East authority comes into being in April next year, but Cllr Rowlands said: ”Further delay and prolonged uncertainty would not be helpful.”


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