Comhairle win legal case against Scottish Government

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The Judicial Review of the Scottish Government decision to prevent the closure of two schools in the Western Isles and the discontinuation of S1/S2 provision at two further schools has found for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Leader of the Comhairle Angus Campbell said: “The judgement is entirely in the Comhairle’s favour and that is to be welcomed although it is regrettable that we had to take this action. Members took the decisions on school closures extremely seriously and we were confident that our Officers had followed procedures properly. We therefore had to question the decisions taken by Scottish Ministers. This judgement from the Court of Session confirms that was the right course of action. It was only fair for those communities where schools were closed to know that procedures were correct. We remain committed to working with the Scottish Government and in particular taking forward the Curriculum for Excellence”.

Chief Executive Malcolm Burr said: “The Comhairle always believed that the decisions taken by Scottish Ministers in respect of call-in and closure were legally flawed and we are satisfied that the Court of Session has determined the case entirely in the Comhairle’s favour”.

Chair of Education and Children’s Services, Catriona Stewart, said: “This has been a lengthy process but it is fair to say that it was the right course of action. We will now analyse the judgement and a report will come to the Education and Children’s Services Committee next Tuesday. This decision allows us move on and work together with our communities to provide the best education possible in the best possible buildings for our children.”

The schools affected are Lionel S1/S2, Shawbost S1/S2, Carloway and Shelibost.

The Education and Children’s Services Committee meets on Tuesday the 12th June.