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Judicial Review submitted on Powys school closures

25 May 2022 2 minutes Read
Cllr James Gibson-Watt.

Legal challenges are set to be made as applications for a Judicial Review of decisions by Powys County Council to close two primary schools, have been lodged.

The new ruling administration which is expected to be confirmed at tomorrow’s annual general meeting (Thursday – 26 May) has been urged to reverse their decisions to close Cradoc, Llanfihangel Rhydithon (also known as Dolau) primary schools and Llanbedr Church in Wales primary school as soon as possible.

Cllr Iain McIntosh who has campaigned to keep Cradoc open wanted to bring a motion before the council meeting to discuss stopping the closures but was thwarted due to procedural rules.

He was told that his motion could be debated at the next council meeting in July.

Since then, he has written to council leader in waiting, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, asking for the matter to be dealt with at the first cabinet meeting of the new administration.

This meeting is pencilled into the council’s calendar for June 14.

Saved

Cllr McIntosh said: “Currently, there are three primary schools facing closure, I believe there is still a chance they can be saved.

“I ask you and your new cabinet to wait no longer and halt the closure of the three schools immediately, please.”

Cllr McIntosh explains that by acting quickly, the schools will be able to make staffing decisions and it would also allow parents to keep their children there rather than look around for another school for them to attend from September.

Council leader in waiting and Liberal Democrat group leader, Cllr James Gibson-Watt said: “The JR (Judicial Review) on Llanbedr and Dolau schools has just been submitted to court.

“I am awaiting advice about the legal and practical position of the schools subject to closure decisions by the previous cabinet, before deciding what to do next.

“That advice is expected in the next day or so.”

A spokesperson for Powys County Council said: “It would be inappropriate for the council to comment on judicial challenges.

“If the court gives permission to proceed to Judicial Review hearings, the implications of any judgment will be taken into account by the county council.”


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