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DECISION ON WEST WIGHT SCHOOL PLACES DELAYED


A decision on the future direction of primary school education in the West Wight has been delayed by a few days.

An official decision notice was due to be issued by the Isle of Wight Council this coming Friday (28th June), following a second consultation into surplus school places in the West Wight.

However, that date has been moved to Wednesday 3rd July to give the authority an extra few days to fully consider all the responses.

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The notice will be published on the council’s website — iwight.com — before going before the Cabinet on Thursday 11th July. If approved, a third consultation will follow the publication of a Public Notice in the local media.

A final decision is due to be made by Cabinet members on Thursday 10th October 2019.

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said:

“Once again, I am very pleased at the vast level of response received to the second consultation phase.

“To ensure responses and implications of options can be fully considered and the right decision be progressed, I have decided to refer the decision to Cabinet on 11 July.

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“I fully understand that everyone who has been involved in the process up until now will be anxious for the outcome to be announced as soon as possible, however, I do want to ensure the right decision is taken.”

The consultation was launched as there is an oversupply of school places in the West Wight area — a trend which is expected to continue in the coming years.

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