Parents launch fight to save Nelson church school

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PARENTS of children attending St Paul’s CE Primary School, Nelson, are launching a fight to save their school from closure - and have pledged to do everything they can to keep it open.

A website and Facebook page have been set up - and paper and on-line petitions will be set up in the next few days.

Organiser Neil McGowan said: “I have spoken to a lot of parents about this and we are all saying ‘no’ to the school being closed.

“A lot of us also attend the church and have not had any say in this.

“The county council says there is a shortage of space on the site. It can build upwards - it does not have to build sideways.

“And moving the school to Brierfield is going to put more traffic on the roads as people who walk to school now will take their cars.

“There has been talk of putting a minibus on to take children to a new school but why should we have to pay for that? If a new school is needed, why not build it on the Edge End site? It is in the parish and in the community, and there is a nursery with links to St Paul’s across the road.”

Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for schools, County Coun. Susie Charles, is due to decide whether to put the closure proposals out for consultation.

A letter posted on the website by headteacher Barbara Dewar said if approval was given, a meeting for parents would be held to discuss the implications for everyone.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the campaign can do so via the website www.savestpauls.co.uk