Published: 17/03/2017 12:00 - Updated: 13/03/2017 07:23

Deadline set for comments on planned closure of Black Isle special school

Raddery centre: No longer fit for purpose
Raddery centre: Anyone wishing to comment on the closure of the Black Isle Education Centre has until March 29

COUNCILLORS yesterday formally resolved to discontinue the provision of education at the Black Isle Education Centre.

Anyone wishing to oppose the plan or appeal to Scottish Ministers now has just over two weeks to do so.

Highland Council said in a statement released after its full meeting yesterday: "The specialised support offered by the centre should continue as part of the overall range of supports provided to pupils in Highland with social, educational and behavioural needs, and be offered from a new location.

"The council has identified the former Killen Primary School, located a few miles from the BIEC, as a suitable location for this service."

A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices, can be viewed online at www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations

The statement said: "The council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.

"The detailed rationale behind this decision is set out in the consultation report, which includes an explanation of the educational benefits that would arise from closure, as well as assessments of the community impact and the travel arrangements that would apply following closure."

Highland Council officials have notified Scottish Ministers of the decision and provided them with a copy of the Proposal Paper and Consultation Report. They now have an eight-week period to decide if they will intervene by issuing a call-in notice.

Within the first three weeks of that eight-week period, they will take account of any relevant representations made to them by any person on whether the decision should be called in, or not called in, for review by a School Closure Review Panel.

All representations should be sent to the email address or the postal address below and the deadline for this is Wednesday, March 29.

Anyone wishing to make a representation to the Scottish Ministers is asked to email schoolclosure@gov.scot or write to the School Infrastructure Unit, Scottish Government, 2-D (S) Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ, by midnight on March 29, 2017 at the latest.

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