'Last chance to stop closure of rural schools'

Julie Porksen
Julie Porksen

A Lib Dem campaigner is reminding residents of their 'last chance to try to stop Northumberland County Council closing rural schools' ahead of Thursday.

Julie Pörksen is encouraging local residents to give their opinions directly to Northumberland County Council, which is consulting on reorganisation of the Alnwick Partnership, which could lead to the closure of Branton and Embleton First Schools as well as four middle schools, including Seahouses.

She said: "I have not met anyone on the doorsteps of Northumberland who wants to close our rural schools - the strength of community feeling is clear.

"In the summer, it was exceptionally disappointing that the council was not convinced by the strong arguments, including sustainable communities and travel time, put forward for maintaining education in our rural areas.

"I strongly urge all residents who have views on rural schools to put them forward to the council by Thursday using the online form. Hopefully, the council will listen and keep local rural schools open and maintain a route into the new Alnwick school for rural pupils."

The consultation ends on Thursday and can be completed at www.northumberland.gov.uk by searching for 'education consultation'.