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The council has been playing for time over proposed closures

14 February, 2020

• THE desperate struggle to save Carlton and Lismore Circus nursery from closure continues with rising anger across the borough.

The council’s tactics continue to be to play for time, refusing to engage in any meaningful way with the, school, community and parents.

It took over three months for Angela Mason, the cabinet member responsible even to agree to meet parents, and the council leader, Georgia Gould only met parents for the first time on Wednesday, almost four months since officers made their closure proposals known to the school.

Central to this has been the council’s repeated refusal to produce any impact assessment on the effects of closure on the school, parents and wider community but have provided no explanation of why Carlton and Lismore Circus nursery were “chosen”.

We understand that Cllr Mason will not be standing for re-election to her post in April. Carlton’s and Lismore Circus nursery will be her legacy.

There must also be questions raised by Labour councillors about the role and handling of this issue by Cllr Gould, if she decides to stand for re-election. Imagine the outrage there would have been if these proposals had been made by a Tory administration!!



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