East Sussex County Council face frustration at Broad Oak School closure meeting on Monday.
Monday night, July 15th, saw the East Sussex County Council attempting to explain their position in respect of the proposed closure of Broad Oak School, at a packed meeting with parents and the community. The audience became increasingly frustrated and angry with the ESCC who had to stop their presentation and move to questions after 30 minutes, this was due to an apparent public dissatisfaction with their PowerPoint presentation and statistics.
Questions were raised over the value of the council owned land on which the school is sited and the potential plans for development, as some of the audience were sceptical over the Council’s motivation in suggesting closure of the school.
The Support Broad Oak School group plan is to fight the process and they have a strong body of supporters and a team who have individual roles and tasks assigned. The group has mobilised quickly, they are raising funds, writing letters, getting T Shirts printed and in talks with the National Education Union and nationl Association of Small Schools for legal advice. We understand that anyone who wants to contribute to the debate can fill in the survey attached to the consultation document before October 11th 2019, and voice their concerns. This link takes you to the survey but also explains some of the council’s thinking about the reasons for the proposed closure.
There is also a petition with over 1000 signatures, which supporters are being encouraged to sign.
Watch this space!