Don’t ignore wishes of local parents

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Education, education, education. Famous words from the past. But as many residents of our district must know, the standard of our education compared to other nations has declined over the last couple of decades.

This year the European elections will be held in May, so some children will once again have a day off school.

One such school is the Wainwright Academy; this school has been asking Mansfield District Council not to be used as a polling station as this disrupts, not only 400 school children’s education, but also parents with work commitments having to find childcare.

There is an alternative place within the vicinity able to accommodate a polling station: the Scout Hut on Devon Drive.

The Head Teacher, governors and parents support this venue and, indeed, the head teacher went to the full December Council Meeting to voice their case.

In addition, officers at MDC stated in reports that the Scout Hut had been inspected and was completely suitable for a polling station.

I and all the Independent Councillors pressed for the scout hut to be commissioned for this purpose but to no avail; Labour Councillors present voted on a recorded vote for the Wainwright Academy to stay as a polling station, ignoring the wishes of the school and local parents.

So much for the education of some children in our district and also for those famous words proclaimed nearly two decades ago by their very own Tony Blair - “Education, Education, Education”.

Obviously local Labour councillors do not consider that our local children’s education matters.

County Councillor Stephen Garner

Independent Mansfield South