Wirral Tories' impassioned plea to save Lyndale School

Wirral Globe: Wirral Conservative councillors' impassioned call to save Lyndale School Wirral Conservative councillors' impassioned call to save Lyndale School

CONSERVATIVE councillors have made a last impassioned plea for Wirral's ruling Labour cabinet to save the Lyndale School from closure.

Public consultation on the future of the Eastham-based special school closed at the end of June after Wirral Council announced it was "minded" to close it, citing a drop in pupil numbers and a change in Government funding.

Its findings will be discussed by cabinet during a special meeting on September 4.

More than 10,590 people signed a petition to keep the school open, with 89% of Globe readers also believing it should be saved.

A 'Notice of Motion' by Wallasey Conservative Cllr Paul Hayes, supported by nine other councillors, including Tory leader Jeff Green, was presented during a meeting of full council on Monday night.

It called on cabinet to "end the anguish and uncertainty suffered by pupils and their parents and carers" by confirming that Lyndale will stay open.

The motion was lost, after Labour councillors voted by 35 to 26 against it.

Addressing council before the vote, Cllr Hayes said: "Having attended the consultation meeting at the Lyndale School, I am more convinced than ever that this very special, small school must be kept open.

"The alternatives to Lyndale just aren't there - it educates and cares for those children with the most profound learning difficulties, often suffering from serious ongoing health issues.

"It is a school that is an asset to Wirral, not an asset to be disposed of.

"The case for closure is not supported by any rationale. The consultation process has been farcical.

"This notice of motion is not simply an emotional response. The arguments put forward for closure are devoid of reason.

"During consultation we have seen a departure from the previous protocol.

"It was not led by an elected member, but by a council officer."

Addressing councillors before the vote was cast, council leader Phil Davies said: "I believe it's premature to make a decision now, in advance of the special meeting in September.

"I really do worry that if we were to agree this motion tonight it would predetermine the outcome of the report. We have to consider all the evidence of the consultation.

"It's absolutely essential that we keep an open mind."

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10:28am Tue 15 Jul 14

JohnON says...

"The motion was lost, after Labour councillors voted by 35 to 26 against it."

Says it all really, doesn't it.
"The motion was lost, after Labour councillors voted by 35 to 26 against it." Says it all really, doesn't it. JohnON
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11:48am Tue 15 Jul 14

WirralAl says...

Labour bullies what it wants yet again.

Democracy is 35 people voted for by 35000 people can close a school on a wim.

I AM SURE THEY WILL ALL ENJOY THE GOLF AT THE WEEKEND. Think of that whilst these residents suffer the hardship!
Labour bullies what it wants yet again. Democracy is 35 people voted for by 35000 people can close a school on a wim. I AM SURE THEY WILL ALL ENJOY THE GOLF AT THE WEEKEND. Think of that whilst these residents suffer the hardship! WirralAl
  • Score: 5

1:38pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Mojo68 says...

Yet again Labour councillors following each other like sheep too afraid no doubt to make a stand against the party. What I will say is that it didn't go unnoticed that a certain Labour councillor (Janette Williamson) I believe, sat rolling her eyes and doing fake yawns when opposition councillors we're talking about Lyndale and why it should be saved. We will be making a formal complaint about her clearly disrespectful actions, this woman obviously has no idea as to the stresses and hardships we face having children that are severely disabled. Shame on you Janette Williamson for your heartless and moronic display!!
Yet again Labour councillors following each other like sheep too afraid no doubt to make a stand against the party. What I will say is that it didn't go unnoticed that a certain Labour councillor (Janette Williamson) I believe, sat rolling her eyes and doing fake yawns when opposition councillors we're talking about Lyndale and why it should be saved. We will be making a formal complaint about her clearly disrespectful actions, this woman obviously has no idea as to the stresses and hardships we face having children that are severely disabled. Shame on you Janette Williamson for your heartless and moronic display!! Mojo68
  • Score: 9

3:42pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Mojo68 wrote:
Yet again Labour councillors following each other like sheep too afraid no doubt to make a stand against the party. What I will say is that it didn't go unnoticed that a certain Labour councillor (Janette Williamson) I believe, sat rolling her eyes and doing fake yawns when opposition councillors we're talking about Lyndale and why it should be saved. We will be making a formal complaint about her clearly disrespectful actions, this woman obviously has no idea as to the stresses and hardships we face having children that are severely disabled. Shame on you Janette Williamson for your heartless and moronic display!!
If this is true then it is a disgrace. Shame on you Williamson. I challenge you to speak up if it is not. No wonder the borough is going to the dogs.
[quote][p][bold]Mojo68[/bold] wrote: Yet again Labour councillors following each other like sheep too afraid no doubt to make a stand against the party. What I will say is that it didn't go unnoticed that a certain Labour councillor (Janette Williamson) I believe, sat rolling her eyes and doing fake yawns when opposition councillors we're talking about Lyndale and why it should be saved. We will be making a formal complaint about her clearly disrespectful actions, this woman obviously has no idea as to the stresses and hardships we face having children that are severely disabled. Shame on you Janette Williamson for your heartless and moronic display!![/p][/quote]If this is true then it is a disgrace. Shame on you Williamson. I challenge you to speak up if it is not. No wonder the borough is going to the dogs. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 4

8:50pm Tue 15 Jul 14

PaulCa says...

Mojo68 wrote:
Yet again Labour councillors following each other like sheep too afraid no doubt to make a stand against the party. What I will say is that it didn't go unnoticed that a certain Labour councillor (Janette Williamson) I believe, sat rolling her eyes and doing fake yawns when opposition councillors we're talking about Lyndale and why it should be saved. We will be making a formal complaint about her clearly disrespectful actions, this woman obviously has no idea as to the stresses and hardships we face having children that are severely disabled. Shame on you Janette Williamson for your heartless and moronic display!!
It appears Janette Williamson's much-trumpeted "Marxist" credentials are now lying in tatters. She used to be regularly seen primping and preening her glorious left wing plumage all across social media in the not too distant past.

I did warn her on Twitter some time ago, before she blocked me, that if she was ever voted in, they'd make a beeline for her. She would be approached, leaned upon, possibly bullied, in order to gain her 'compliance', but she wouldn't have it and poo-pooed the idea.

Now, look, the worm has turned... AND HOW.

She's in full voice, singing, blasting it out, from the Torylite hymn book and gearing herself up to close down a much-loved and valuable school for special needs children, egged on by the TORIES in her own party she was so determined to convert to Socialist values once upon a time.

I wonder if she's still a school governor herself? If so, S H A M E upon her. She's every bit as hypocritical as the purple-faced buffoon who stood astride the theft of £736,756.91 from learning disabled tenants' bank accounts in Moreton over EIGHT long years.

I love Wirral, but what a hell-hole they're trying to turn it into.
[quote][p][bold]Mojo68[/bold] wrote: Yet again Labour councillors following each other like sheep too afraid no doubt to make a stand against the party. What I will say is that it didn't go unnoticed that a certain Labour councillor (Janette Williamson) I believe, sat rolling her eyes and doing fake yawns when opposition councillors we're talking about Lyndale and why it should be saved. We will be making a formal complaint about her clearly disrespectful actions, this woman obviously has no idea as to the stresses and hardships we face having children that are severely disabled. Shame on you Janette Williamson for your heartless and moronic display!![/p][/quote]It appears Janette Williamson's much-trumpeted "Marxist" credentials are now lying in tatters. She used to be regularly seen primping and preening her glorious left wing plumage all across social media in the not too distant past. I did warn her on Twitter some time ago, before she blocked me, that if she was ever voted in, they'd make a beeline for her. She would be approached, leaned upon, possibly bullied, in order to gain her 'compliance', but she wouldn't have it and poo-pooed the idea. Now, look, the worm has turned... AND HOW. She's in full voice, singing, blasting it out, from the Torylite hymn book and gearing herself up to close down a much-loved and valuable school for special needs children, egged on by the TORIES in her own party she was so determined to convert to Socialist values once upon a time. I wonder if she's still a school governor herself? If so, S H A M E upon her. She's every bit as hypocritical as the purple-faced buffoon who stood astride the theft of £736,756.91 from learning disabled tenants' bank accounts in Moreton over EIGHT long years. I love Wirral, but what a hell-hole they're trying to turn it into. PaulCa
  • Score: 2

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