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The Isle of Wight Green Party this week voted unanimously to support an ongoing campaign to keep a primary school in the large village of Freshwater open.

After listening to a presentation by Freshwater Parish Councillors Daniel James and Vix Lowthion, the all-Island meeting discussed the ‘flawed’ consultation document, narrow options and the impact any school closure will have to set back regeneration opportunities in the village.

The motion carried read as “We give our full support to the campaign to Save the School in Freshwater, and ask the council to go back and prepare a fully comprehensive report on the future of West Wight schools, including a wide reaching set of alternative options”.

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Cllr Daniel James said:

“IW Green Party members have worked hard by supporting parents, children and the local community to keep a school open in Freshwater since it was first announced last month. We have analysed the report, written documents, listened to villagers – and it’s very clear that the entire foundation for the school closure is deeply flawed.

“The West Wight deserves much more support from this council: they must go back to the basics and look again with a view to properly supporting our rural Island schools with a sustainable future.”

The next public meeting about the proposed closure will be held at St Saviours School, Totland on Monday 1st April at 18:00.

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R Horton
R Horton

West Wight is dying no jobs no schools just a big retirement home well done iwcc increase council tax to fill your fat wages

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