As the six week consultation on the future of Glenburn Sports College began on Monday 3 November, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper and parents came out fighting in media interviews, with campaign petition stalls and support for fellow parents in completing their consultation responses as they battle for the future of Glenburn school.
Consultation packs were issued by Lancashire County Council at the start of a six week long consultation period that is running from Monday 3 November until Friday 14 December 2014 on the possible closure of Glenburn Sports College.
MP Rosie started the consultation period with continued calls for County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Schools, to meet face to face with parents and pupils of Glenburn to listen to their views and not just to read a report on the consultation responses. MP Rosie has accused the county councillor of cowardice for refusing to meet them choosing instead to hide away in his County Hall office in Preston.
During the first week parents have been going door to door with petition sheets to collect signatures calling for Glenburn to remain open. On Saturday 8 November parents manned a stall in the Concourse Shopping Centre with petitions adding hundreds more signatures to the 1,100 already collected. Campaigning parents have also been raising awareness of the consultation booklet’s questionnaire following concerns that not enough information had been circulated across the entire community about the consultation.
MP Rosie said:
“Now the consultation has started this is the time for everyone who cares about the future of Glenburn Sports College and education in Skelmersdale to have their say. Whether that is signing a petition, completing a consultation questionnaire or making an appointment to meet with a county council education officer I urge you to get involved.
“Make sure Lancashire County Council know the consequences of their decisions for your family.
“Speaking to parents and pupils I understand just how important Glenburn is to the local community.
Angela Roberts, whose child attends Glenburn Sports College said:
“There has been strong support from fellow parents and across the wider community in response to the possible closure of Glenburn Sports College. We are doing everything we can to raise awareness of the consultation and what it could mean for hundreds of families in Skelmersdale if the only town centre secondary school were to be closed.
“Working with Rosie we will continue to keep fighting in the coming weeks and months for the future of Glenburn Sports College and the pupils, like my child, it educates, it nurtures and supports.”
Parents have organised a march in opposition to the closure and will meet at 11am this Saturday 15 November at Skelmersdale Library which the public are encouraged to attend and support.