Coun­cil in­sists we’ll lis­ten and says no fi­nal de­ci­sions made

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Clacks coun­cil SNP Group ed­u­ca­tion spokesman Coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Lind­say in­sisted the spend­ing pro­pos­als had been put for­ward by of­fi­cers and and no fi­nal de­ci­sion had been made.

He said none would be taken by coun­cil­lors un­til af­ter the con­sul­ta­tion was com­plete.

“The pro­pos­als put for­ward by of­fi­cers in re­spect of both Fishcross and Coal­snaughton are part of an over­ar­ch­ing de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment strat­egy for the school es­tate,”he added.“There has to be a statu­tory con­sul­ta­tion be­fore any de­ci­sions are made, based on the best ed­u­ca­tional out­comes for our chil­dren and young peo­ple across the whole of Clack­man­nan­shire.

“The coun­cil spends about 40 per cent of its an­nual bud­get on ed­u­ca­tion, there­fore this ser­vice can­not be ex­cluded from the bud­get en­gage­ment process.

“We are acutely aware that some of these of­fi­cer pro­pos­als, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to schools, will be of Clack­man­nan­hire and Dun­blane, Coun­cil­lor Clark said:“These are the Keith Brown cuts, the lo­cal SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion are only the poor pat­sies that have to drink from this poi­soned chal­ice.”

Mr Brown called for cross–party sup­port in boot­ing out the plans.

The MSP, whose part-time of­fice man­ager, Coun­cil­lor Ellen For­son, took over as leader of Clacks Coun­cil in April last year, said:“I will also be seek­ing as­sur­ances from the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion and the op­po­si­tion Labour and Tory groups, that they in­tend to re­ject these of­fi­cer pro­pos­als in or­der that par­ents can be re­as­sured over the fu­ture of these schools.”

Clacks Coun­cil is cur­rently made up of 18 coun­cil­lors – whose po­lit­i­cal make up is 8 SNP, 5 Labour, 4 Con­ser­va­tive and 1 In­de­pen­dent.

The re­sults of the con­sul­ta­tion on the of­fi­cer sav­ings op­tions will be put for­ward to coun­cil­lors be­fore they make the fi­nal de­ci­sions at a bud­get meet­ing early this year.

The grass will not be cut, pot­holes not filled

con­cern to many peo­ple. As an ad­min­is­tra­tion, we will be fully com­mit­ted to an en­gage­ment and lis­ten­ing ex­er­cise to en­sure we fully un­der­stand the views of the Clack­man­nan­shire com­mu­nity.” Clacks North Labour coun­cil­lor, Dave Clark, blasted the pro­pos­als, ac­cused the con­trol­ling SNP group of“sell­ing the fam­ily sil­ver”. “The grass will not be cut, pot­holes not filled and the plan to close schools shows the SNP flag­ship pol­icy of ed­u­ca­tion is in dis­ar­ray,”he added. Re­fer­ring to the SNP MSP forNot set in stone Cllr Gra­ham Lind­say

An­gry Cllr Dave Clark

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