08 March 2007

Tory fix fails as school closure gets SOCked

The proposed closure of Hurlingham and Chelsea school by the Conservative council in Hammersmith & Fulham got knocked back this week despite Tories' efforts to fix the latest stage of the process.

The closure was debated by the School Organisation Committee on Tuesday. Last month Tory Cabinet member Antony Lillis personally interviewed potential members of the committee to weed out opposition to the closure. Several local residents with decades of education experience in the borough were excluded.

But despite this, the SOC voted to refer the closure proposal to the independent Schools Adjudicator. This means that the battle to save the rapidly improving school will continue.

Strangely (again) this decision is not featured on the council's website. But it is another clear indication that the Tory council can't just ride roughshod over local people and wreck local services.

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