Parents give Wirral councillors chance to redeem themselves at final Lyndale meeting

Wirral Globe: Parents give Wirral councillors chance to redeem themselves at final Lyndale meeting Parents give Wirral councillors chance to redeem themselves at final Lyndale meeting

PARENTS are urging councillors to attend the final consultation meeting to discuss the future of a Wirral special needs school.

The twelve-week consultation on the closure of the Lyndale School, in Eastham, closes on June 25 and parents of its pupils are calling on the borough’s elected representatives to show their face at the final meeting, which takes place in Bromborough.

Parent governor Chrissie Woodland told the Globe she hopes councillors would turn up.

She said: “We only have one meeting left and we’re urging councillors to come and listen to what we have to say.

“They didn’t turn up to the invited visited at the school, so the least they can do is turn up to this.”

The comments come weeks after just seven of Wirral’s 66 councillors attended an open day aimed at showing them how vital Lyndale is to its children.

Governors at the school invited members to attend the school and meet its pupils in a last ditch attempt to save what has become a lifeline for families of some of the borough’s most vulnerable children.

Two separate open days – on May 8 and May 15 – were organised, with emails sent to each councillor asking them to attend.

But only seven turned up, with many failing to respond at all.

At the time, Ms Woodland added: “They could at least make the effort to make it look like they care.”

Fellow parent governor Zoe Anderson, whose daughter Lily attends Lyndale, said: “It’s a massively important issue for us and we are firmly of the belief that all of the councillors should want to come and see the school because it’s a massive issue.

“We invited all of the councillors and a lot of them didn’t even give us the courtesy of a reply – it’s just bad manners.”

The seven councillors that attended the open days were Liberal Democrat Cllr Tom Harney – who is also chair of governors at the school – Wirral’s cabinet member for education, Cllr Tony Smith, Lib Dem leader Phil Gilchrist, Moreton West and Saughall Massie Conservative Cllr Steve Williams, Conservative leader Jeff Green, Labour and council leader Phil Davies and Conservative Cllr Leah Fraser.

It is understood that Wirral’s Labour group is currently in the process of organising a visit to each of Wirral’s special needs schools, although Lyndale parents feel this will not give them enough time to fully appreciate the importance of their facility.

The consultation to close Lyndale comes after Wirral Council announced it was “minded” to close the school, citing a drop in pupil numbers and changes to funding for special needs children as the reason.

Speaking to the Globe when the consultation was launched, Julia Hassall, Wirral’s director of children’s services said: “Making sure that the children at the Lyndale School continue to receive high quality education, care and long term stability, is the centre of our concern.

“The option for closure is being considered because the viability of the school is compromised by its small size and falling roll, which both contribute to a difficult and potentially worsening financial position.

“The consultation will be open and transparent.”

The final consultation meeting takes place at Professional Excellence Centre, Acre Lane, Bromborough from 5.30pm on Monday, June 16.

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The consultation will close on Wednesday, June 25.

You can view and take part in the consultation by clicking here.

Feedback can be sent by post to The Lyndale School Consultation, Children and Young People’s Department, Hamilton Building, Conway Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1FD, or by email to specialreview@wirral.gov.uk

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What has happened since the closure threat was first announced in December?

December 12: Wirral Council announced it was “minded” to close the school.
December 16: A petition to save the school reaches 3,000 signatures (it now has 6,443).
December 20: Parents ask the council for more time before a report is submitted to cabinet.
January 16: Wirral’s ruling cabinet agrees to consult on the closure of Lyndale.
January 21: Tory lead describes closing Lyndale as an "act of educational vandalism".
January 29: Opposition councillors “call-in” the decision and ask for it to be reviewed.
February 4:  Call-in meeting cancelled after bureaucratic bungling means council is in breach of its own constitution.
February 11: Education Secretary Michael Gove pledges his support for the school.
February 14: Wirral South MP Alison McGovern chairs a public meeting over Lyndale’s future.
February 27: Co-ordinating committee uphold cabinet’s decision in rearranged call-in meeting.
April 2: Wirral Council launches 12-week consultation.
April 4: Lyndale parents brand closure consultation 'misleading'.
May 16: Lyndale parents' dismay at Wirral's stay-away councillors.

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2:52pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Thepleb says...

The reality is they never attended because they already know the outcome of the consultation, like every consultation Wirral council undertake they are just tick the boxes exercises, unfortunately the land Lyndale sits on is more valuable to Wirral Council than the vulnerable children that attend there, nobody has answered what is to become of the site when this inevitable consultation reaches an end?
All credit should go to the supporters,parents and staff of Lyndale who have too deal with the cretins in Wallasey Town Hall.
The reality is they never attended because they already know the outcome of the consultation, like every consultation Wirral council undertake they are just tick the boxes exercises, unfortunately the land Lyndale sits on is more valuable to Wirral Council than the vulnerable children that attend there, nobody has answered what is to become of the site when this inevitable consultation reaches an end? All credit should go to the supporters,parents and staff of Lyndale who have too deal with the cretins in Wallasey Town Hall. Thepleb
  • Score: 4

4:07pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Joeblogg85 says...

"The consultation will be open and transparent". Juila Hassell appears to have been getting coaching lessons from you know who!

Just keep on saying it everyone and maybe someday someone will believe us.

My opinion on this matter has been consistent throughout. I will be very surprised if this decision has not already been made.

It is clear from the consultation that all the relevant stakeholders apart from the council want the school to remain open. However, will it?

Proper public consultations are undertaken when there is a real desire to seek the true opinion of local people and then action their wishes. However, this council does not practise this principal.

If it suits the council to keep the school open then it will do. Otherwise, it's doomed I believe.
"The consultation will be open and transparent". Juila Hassell appears to have been getting coaching lessons from you know who! Just keep on saying it everyone and maybe someday someone will believe us. My opinion on this matter has been consistent throughout. I will be very surprised if this decision has not already been made. It is clear from the consultation that all the relevant stakeholders apart from the council want the school to remain open. However, will it? Proper public consultations are undertaken when there is a real desire to seek the true opinion of local people and then action their wishes. However, this council does not practise this principal. If it suits the council to keep the school open then it will do. Otherwise, it's doomed I believe. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 3

4:10pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Having had connections with Lyndale for many years I am deeply saddened that the clowncil are even considering closure of this very special needs school. I dont wish to take anything away from all the other excellent special needs schools but Lyndale is an extra special placement for these very vulnerable children. My sadness is made even worse by having to agree with Mr (or Mrs) Pleb. This was a done deal from the off and their so called consultations are just a scam........I hope I and The Pleb are proved wrong.
Having had connections with Lyndale for many years I am deeply saddened that the clowncil are even considering closure of this very special needs school. I dont wish to take anything away from all the other excellent special needs schools but Lyndale is an extra special placement for these very vulnerable children. My sadness is made even worse by having to agree with Mr (or Mrs) Pleb. This was a done deal from the off and their so called consultations are just a scam........I hope I and The Pleb are proved wrong. Llamedos 1
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Sheland says...

Open and transparent is all we here from Julia Hassall. My daughter attends the Lyndale school and I as a parent still say they are just going to close the school. Well guess what, my daughter won't be going to either of the other 2 primary schools, as they weren't suitable when she first started school and nothing has changed, so she won't be going now. Julia Hassall seriously needs to look at the funding which is given to pupils, if this was correct, Lyndale would thrive as all children would receive the funding they need! The fight goes on and if Lyndale closes, my fight continues, to get my daughter into the right school for her, sadly this is The Blind School over on Liverpool. I will be attending yet another consultation meeting next Monday, the last one, lets hope we get some answers, instead of being told, they don't know, it will be looked into!
Open and transparent is all we here from Julia Hassall. My daughter attends the Lyndale school and I as a parent still say they are just going to close the school. Well guess what, my daughter won't be going to either of the other 2 primary schools, as they weren't suitable when she first started school and nothing has changed, so she won't be going now. Julia Hassall seriously needs to look at the funding which is given to pupils, if this was correct, Lyndale would thrive as all children would receive the funding they need! The fight goes on and if Lyndale closes, my fight continues, to get my daughter into the right school for her, sadly this is The Blind School over on Liverpool. I will be attending yet another consultation meeting next Monday, the last one, lets hope we get some answers, instead of being told, they don't know, it will be looked into! Sheland
  • Score: 6

6:54pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Sheland wrote:
Open and transparent is all we here from Julia Hassall. My daughter attends the Lyndale school and I as a parent still say they are just going to close the school. Well guess what, my daughter won't be going to either of the other 2 primary schools, as they weren't suitable when she first started school and nothing has changed, so she won't be going now. Julia Hassall seriously needs to look at the funding which is given to pupils, if this was correct, Lyndale would thrive as all children would receive the funding they need! The fight goes on and if Lyndale closes, my fight continues, to get my daughter into the right school for her, sadly this is The Blind School over on Liverpool. I will be attending yet another consultation meeting next Monday, the last one, lets hope we get some answers, instead of being told, they don't know, it will be looked into!
Mmm Sheland,

It is unfortunately the same old story. If they do still decide to close the school despite the already massive support and the findings of the consultation, which I am sure will further strengthen your argument. Then look into moving the process forward via a Judicial Review. Fight these buggers at their own game.

All the best.

Joe
[quote][p][bold]Sheland[/bold] wrote: Open and transparent is all we here from Julia Hassall. My daughter attends the Lyndale school and I as a parent still say they are just going to close the school. Well guess what, my daughter won't be going to either of the other 2 primary schools, as they weren't suitable when she first started school and nothing has changed, so she won't be going now. Julia Hassall seriously needs to look at the funding which is given to pupils, if this was correct, Lyndale would thrive as all children would receive the funding they need! The fight goes on and if Lyndale closes, my fight continues, to get my daughter into the right school for her, sadly this is The Blind School over on Liverpool. I will be attending yet another consultation meeting next Monday, the last one, lets hope we get some answers, instead of being told, they don't know, it will be looked into![/p][/quote]Mmm Sheland, It is unfortunately the same old story. If they do still decide to close the school despite the already massive support and the findings of the consultation, which I am sure will further strengthen your argument. Then look into moving the process forward via a Judicial Review. Fight these buggers at their own game. All the best. Joe Joeblogg85
  • Score: 4

8:08am Thu 12 Jun 14

RL 1952 says...

Open and transparent, honesty and integrity these are alien concepts to those in positions of responsibility at Wirral Council, yet again the most vulnerable members of our society are being treated with utter contempt by those who should be fighting to protect their rights.
The electorate of Wirral need to look very closely at the senior council management, MPs and councillors we have, who do little or nothing to support those who most need support. They have their own self interest agendas that seldom include the most vulnerable - that is the reality of this very sad ongoing situation - bring on a judicial review.
Open and transparent, honesty and integrity these are alien concepts to those in positions of responsibility at Wirral Council, yet again the most vulnerable members of our society are being treated with utter contempt by those who should be fighting to protect their rights. The electorate of Wirral need to look very closely at the senior council management, MPs and councillors we have, who do little or nothing to support those who most need support. They have their own self interest agendas that seldom include the most vulnerable - that is the reality of this very sad ongoing situation - bring on a judicial review. RL 1952
  • Score: 5

9:55am Thu 12 Jun 14

Growl Tiger says...

I have just read the “Mayoral Diary” in another local paper. I quote from the new mayor’s column “It promises to be a big year ahead for Wirral and the highlight of the summer is undoubtedly going to be the return of the Open Golf Championship to Hoylake in July. I will be representing the borough at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club on a number of civic engagements during the week”.
I just bet he will along with many other golf obsessed councillors. I think we know where this Council’s priorities lie when it comes to attending “meetings”.
I have just read the “Mayoral Diary” in another local paper. I quote from the new mayor’s column “It promises to be a big year ahead for Wirral and the highlight of the summer is undoubtedly going to be the return of the Open Golf Championship to Hoylake in July. I will be representing the borough at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club on a number of civic engagements during the week”. I just bet he will along with many other golf obsessed councillors. I think we know where this Council’s priorities lie when it comes to attending “meetings”. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 8

10:33am Sat 14 Jun 14

BlueHue says...

Name and shame those who do not respond to invitations. Name and shame those who do not attend.

They are responsible to us. They are supposed to work for us. Make them scared that they will not be reelected, that is the only thing that will bother these self serving parasites.

For those good few, and they are few, keep fighting for us. We recognise who you are.
Name and shame those who do not respond to invitations. Name and shame those who do not attend. They are responsible to us. They are supposed to work for us. Make them scared that they will not be reelected, that is the only thing that will bother these self serving parasites. For those good few, and they are few, keep fighting for us. We recognise who you are. BlueHue
  • Score: 1

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