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Council: Stop School Closures and Develop Medway-wide School Strategy

8 December 2005

Motion

The Council considered a proposal submitted by Councillor Price, supported by Councillor Murray, that:

This Council notes that its Cabinet has been attempting to close or merge primary schools in Medway without adequate consultation or considering wider implications.

The Council urges the Portfolio Holder for Education and his Cabinet colleagues to impose a moratorium on all school closures and mergers, until a comprehensive Medway-wide strategy can be drawn up. Such a strategy must give priority to:

  • a robust analysis of future school numbers which takes into account planned housing developments;
  • removing temporary accommodation;
  • reducing class sizes; and
  • finding extra users, such as a Council service, a children's centre or a nursery before considering closure or amalgamation of schools.

On being put to the vote, the motion was lost.

Vote Result

Votes by Councillor

For For For 23

The following councillors voted in favour of the motion:

Against Against Against 27

The following councillors voted against the motion:

Abstain Abstain Abstain 1

The following councillors abstained from voting on the motion:

Absent Absent Absent 4

The following councillors were absent from the vote:

To view the list of councillors who voted in favour or against the motion, those who abstained and those who were absent, click on the appropriate heading.

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