Councillor criticises plan to axe schools

A Shropshire councillor has refuted Shirehall's case for closing small schools - describing proposed savings as "speculative".

Councillor Peter Phillips
Councillor Peter Phillips

A Shropshire councillor has refuted Shirehall's case for closing small schools - describing proposed savings as "speculative".

Peter Phillips, who represents Bishop's Castle, said there was no new evidence to justify closing rural schools such as Lydbury North Primary in his ward.

He claimed Shropshire Council's plans to close eight primary schools and the Wakeman secondary in Shrewsbury were motivated by money, and that pupil numbers are expected to rise from 2012 on.

He also questioned the idea of closing Onny Primary School in Onibury, near Craven Arms, which has been deemed to be satisfactory and offering places at nearby Stokesay Primary which has been served with a notice to improve.

Read more in the Shropshire Star.