Majority of county councillors support stopping Lewes school closures

March to demonstrate against Pells and Rodmell schools closing SUS-161004-224302008
March to demonstrate against Pells and Rodmell schools closing SUS-161004-224302008

A motion calling on plans to close two Lewes primary schools to be dropped was approved by the majority of county councillors today (Tuesday May 10).

East Sussex County Council is consulting on plans to close both Rodmell and Pells Church of England primary schools by August 2017 as according to the authority both have struggled to attract enough pupils.

March to demonstrate against Pells and Rodmell schools closing SUS-161004-224251008

March to demonstrate against Pells and Rodmell schools closing SUS-161004-224251008

A petition with more than 5,000 signatures calling on the county council to stop the closure of these two Lewes primary schools was presented at County Hall today (Tuesday May 10).

Ruth O’Keeffe (Ind, Lewes), leader of the Independent group, put forward a motion recommending to cabinet that plans to close the schools are halted in view of the increasing demand in primary school places once the consultation closes.

To raucous applause from the public gallery and shouts of ‘thank you so much’ the majority of county councillors voted in favour of the motion, which will now go to cabinet to consider.

The motion was seconded by Carla Butler (LDem, Newhaven and Ouse Valley West), who represents Rodmell.

March to demonstrate against Pells and Rodmell schools closing SUS-161004-224347008

March to demonstrate against Pells and Rodmell schools closing SUS-161004-224347008

More to follow.

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