Green councillors slam school closures as “tip of the iceberg”

Green councillors have called on the City of Edinburgh Council to come clean on its school closures plans.

The City Council today (9 June) issued its hit list of the next 4 primary schools to be axed, following the closure of three schools in the current year.  However, pressed by opposition councillors, Education Convenor, Marilyne McLaren would not confirm that a line had now been drawn under closures.

The Greens fear that the Council is intent on seeing through its controversial plans of August 2007 to close over 20 schools and nurseries, but that it now intends to do so in fits and starts to avoid opposition building up.

Green Councillor, Alison Johnstone said:

“Having let down communities with years of failed housing and planning policies, the City Council is now proposing to hammer a nail in the coffin by closing their local school.  This will simply send out a signal: “Children not welcome here�.  I remain convinced that the Council is intent on closing schools on a wider scale and if these schools go down without a fight, many other parents will be wondering which school is next on the list.  This is simply the tip of the iceberg.�

ENDS

Notes

1. The 4 schools marked for closure before July 2010 are Drumbrae, Royston, Burdiehouse and Fort
2. For further details see Edinburgh Green’s new briefing paper on closures http://tinyurl.com/nxj28x