I am not a member of the Town Hall’s Policy & Performance Committee so, last night, I sat at the back, behind the parents, staff and children for the meeting to discuss the ‘call in’ of the Cabinet’s decision to consult on the future of Lyndale School.
The Globe and the Echo cover the meeting in more detail.
I was one of the councillors who signed that ‘call in’, to trigger the meeting, because I have been contacted by a parent who has a daughter at the school, who, like all mums and dads, wants the best for her child.
Unfortunately, a meeting with residents in Moreton overran so I missed the first part of the meeting but, judging by the Tweets, not least of Liverpool Echo reporter, Liam Murphy, here, it was among the most distressing and heart-felt meetings at the Town Hall.
It also transpired during the meeting that the Council won’t ‘save’ a single Penny from closure – because the schools budget can only be spent on schools. It does beg the question ‘so why close Lyndale?’
Sadly, at the end (was it 11pm?) the meeting, chaired by the ex Leader, Steve Foulkes, voted along ‘Party lines’ – so Labour councillors voted to continue with ‘consultation’ while Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Parent reps, voted to maintain the status quo of the school.
I very much hope the Cabinet Member responsible, Cllr. Tony Smith, who I have always found to be among the more reasonable and fair members of the Council (in ALL parties!), ensures it is a genuine consultation, with all options listed and all views considered, in an open and transparent way.
It would also be nice if, just for once, councillors voted with their consciences rather than their Party whips, or was it coincidence that all the Labour Councillors voted to agree with the decision of the Labour Cabinet and everyone else disagreed.
I am either naive or steadily going AWOL.