‘Axe county council’ – Deanes protesters

Echo: ‘Axe county council’ – Deanes protesters ‘Axe county council’ – Deanes protesters

FURIOUS campaigners are calling for Essex County Council to be dissolved after plans to shut the Deanes School got the go-ahead.

Members of the Save Deanes Action Group are calling on the Government to strip the council of its powers and assets and transform borough councils into unitary councils. This would mean the boroughs would be responsible for their own education, highways and social services.

The decision to close the school, in Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, was made last month – the end of a six-month saga which saw two consultation periods, six public meetings, numerous council meetings and debates.

All 75 county councillors at full council meeting today are due to vote on two motions to reverse the closure decision.

In a letter to County Hall chief executive Joanna Killian, Linda Allport-Hodge, from the campaign group said: “This issue is far greater and wider than that relating to the school closure decision. This is all about an organisation that seems to think it’s OK to dictate and make decisions at the whim of its Cabinet members.

“How then do local people stamp their feet and force this organisation to be accountable for its actions? The answer is to request the Government to dissolve the authority that has grown substantially too arrogant and massively abuses the powers invested in them by the people, to the detriment of the people.

“This authority is a disgrace and we want the organisation dissolved, its assets stripped and the funding utilised to finance the re-organisation of its current service provision to new local unitary authorities within Essex.”

The group has also put in a formal complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Ms Killian replied: “The decision about the future of the Deanes School raises a number of very difficult issues. The council, in general, and the cabinet, in particular, has sought to ensure that this has been conducted in an open and transparent way.

“As part of the process, there have been two periods of consultation and throughout the process officers and members have met extensively with interested parties. Members of the public and interested parties were invited to address a cabinet meeting, so they could make their points about the future of the Deanes in person.

“The council and the cabinet have listened extremely carefully to everything that has been said. For example, when the forecasting methodology was criticised, we asked for it to be externally reviewed. The information which went to the cabinet was the best and most accurate possible and the information was presented in an honest and transparent way.

“If people remain dissatisfied, they are able to complain to the Local Government Ombudsman. As you are probably aware, the school have asked for this matter to be considered by an independent schools adjudicator appointed by the Secretary of State for Education. The adjudicator will now consider all the papers and make the final decision on the council's proposal to close the Deanes.”

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1:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Ian P says...

"The decision to close the school, in Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, was made last month" Sorry but in my opinion the decision was made many months ago. Nothing but a circus has taken place over the past few weeks and with every circus comes a ring master and we all know his name.
"The decision to close the school, in Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, was made last month" Sorry but in my opinion the decision was made many months ago. Nothing but a circus has taken place over the past few weeks and with every circus comes a ring master and we all know his name. Ian P

2:19pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

What's that aroma ? oh yes sour grapes, if the Council did such a good job as the protesters they be voted out next term
What's that aroma ? oh yes sour grapes, if the Council did such a good job as the protesters they be voted out next term Nowthatsworthknowing

2:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Idontknowy says...

I'd go along with that. Shutting schools, turning off street lights Only thing they don't stop or reduce is amount they take from Council Tax
I'd go along with that. Shutting schools, turning off street lights Only thing they don't stop or reduce is amount they take from Council Tax Idontknowy

3:01pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Feduplos says...

Deanesd is renowned for bullying and poor management, let it close and good riddance.
Deanesd is renowned for bullying and poor management, let it close and good riddance. Feduplos

3:07pm Wed 11 Dec 13

rayleigh123 says...

Feduplos wrote:
Deanesd is renowned for bullying and poor management, let it close and good riddance.
Yes we are !!!!!!!!!!!! No we are not !!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the panto season - are we going to shut it or not ???????????

Would be quite funny if it was not so serious



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[quote][p][bold]Feduplos[/bold] wrote: Deanesd is renowned for bullying and poor management, let it close and good riddance.[/p][/quote]Yes we are !!!!!!!!!!!! No we are not !!!!!!!!!!!! This is the panto season - are we going to shut it or not ??????????? Would be quite funny if it was not so serious ... rayleigh123

6:48pm Wed 11 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

How many on that council have even been to the area.
How many have looked at the rising children numbers.

indeed how many actually care so long as they follow the party line to stay in favour and enjoy a well paid job. Plus expenses.
How many on that council have even been to the area. How many have looked at the rising children numbers. indeed how many actually care so long as they follow the party line to stay in favour and enjoy a well paid job. Plus expenses. jolllyboy

6:58pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Makes you laugh, coming from people who probably never bother voting.

Still, unitary authorities are a much better alternative.
Makes you laugh, coming from people who probably never bother voting. Still, unitary authorities are a much better alternative. Kim Gandy

7:14pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Flatten it.
Flatten it. Nowthatsworthknowing

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