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Deanes protesters march on Castle Point Council to save the school
5:40pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
SPIRITED campaigners marched on Castle Point Council urging them to stump up the cash for a bailout plan to save the Deanes School.
Emotions ran high as students and parents continued their battle to keep the Thundersley school open by rallying outside the council offices in Kiln Road this afternoon.
Despite the rain, the enthusiastic bunch waved their colourful banners and placards in defiance to try and get the council to commit to spending £480,000 to prop the school up if it remained open and pupil numbers kept reducing.
Sarah Raven, from the Save the Deanes Campaign, said: “We want Castle Point Council to support us with the bail out. We are really pleased with the turn out despite the rain.
“We have had five months of uncertainty about the future of the school, so we have come to the council offices today because we do not want to wait anymore.”
Parent Sarah Bullard, 37, of Thundersley, said: “I am here today for my son, who has just started in year seven.
“I think the council should be throwing their weight behind the campaign."
Pam Challis, leader of the council said while she was “wholeheartedly” in support of the campaign, the council did not have the that kind of money available to help.
The idea was proposed by Essex County Council leader David Finch, despite the fact that it is county hall that is responsible for funding schools and not Castle Point Council.
The formal decision over whether or not to close the school will be made by Essex County Council’s ruling Tory cabinet next month.
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