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Councillor Julie Gunnell calls for more time on school split plan

A full and proper consultation on plans to split a primary school across two sites is required before a formal decision is taken, according to a Labour councillor who represents the area.
Micklegate ward councillor Julie Gunnell has written to education chief Councillor Jenny Brooks, saying more time is needed for local people and affected parents to have their say on the plan to increase Scarcroft Primary’s capacity by creating a split-site school, with a new building constructed on the Millthorpe school site.
She says:
“The south bank area needs new school places to meet demand and I support the provision of those new places, but the council needs to get the process right in how it achieves this.  I’m concerned at the absence of public consultation being undertaken before the Executive takes a decision on this plan.  The Executive has talked a lot about consultation in recent months but this decision has been delayed once already due to a lack of consultation by the council on this proposed expansion.
“Local people are becoming more aware of the proposal after Micklegate’s ward councillors convened a public meeting last week, but many people still feel they are missing the key information that supports this decision, a decision which impacts beyond just the Southbank area”.
“A lot of parents have written to me concerned that this is a fait accompli, which, given that the council have not yet initiated any public consultation, is quite understandable.  It’s quite obvious that such a decision will impact local people, including the parents and carers of children at both Scarcroft and Millthorpe schools.
“I’m urging Coun. Brooks to ensure a thorough and proper consultation process  is undertaken with parents  before any decision is made”.
Coun. Gunnell is calling on Coun. Brooks to defer a decision on the split-site expansion plan until March’s Executive meeting, following a meaningful public consultation.

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