Council goes ahead with Gedling School closure consultation
COUNCILLORS have agreed to push ahead with a consultation on the closure of Gedling School to address a surplus of pupil places in Gedling borough.
Protesters had gathered outside County Hall ahead of a crunch meeting this morning, but were left dismayed by the decision.
About 100 people, including pupils, teachers and residents, demonstrated against the Nottinghamshire County Council plans to start a consultation with the public on closing the school.
Year 11 pupil Sophie Foster, 15, was among 70 students holding banners and chanting 'save our school.'
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She said: "It's disgusting that the county council are even planning to put Gedling School up for closure.
"The school definitely should not shut - I've been there nearly five years and it has been fantastic."
Terry Chambers, Year 9 progress leader at Gedling school, said: "I've been there nearly 31 years and it would be a massive blow to the community not just in academic terms but for the whole of Gedling."
The homelessness charity Framework is also protesting outside County Hall against the County Council's proposed cuts to housing related support services.
The charity is handing over 1,000 letters gathered from supporters across Notts against the proposed cuts.
The letters were handed over to the council by Bradley Blake, 18, from Daybrook, who has received help from framework in recent months.
He said: "I was made homeless in September and got in touch with Framework and within two weeks they had got me a new place to live.
"These cuts will lead to more problems in the long run, especially with anti social behaviour."