Western Isles Council to consider Judicial Review of schools’ decision

COUNCILLORS are being asked to consider the option of Judicial Review over the Scottish Government’s refusal to allow them to close local schools.

At the Education and Children’s Services meeting this afternoon (Tuesday), members will be asked to agree to fully explore the option of Judicial Review in respect of the decision to refuse consent to close Carloway and Shelibost Schools and the S1/2 provision at Lionel and Shawbost.

In a report to this afternoon’s committee, it is stated: “It is submitted that the consultation processes for all 11 consulations were dealt with in exactly the same way. In the letter regarding the closure of Carloway School, it says that they (the Ministers) recognise that the assessment of the impact on the local community of the loss of the school was a clear point of contention. This was also the case at Bragar, Balallan and Sandwickhill. The Comhairle could now consider whether to fully explore the option of Judicial Review, in respect of the Scottish Ministers’ decision to refuse to give their consent to the Comhairle’s proposals to close Carloway and Shelibost Schools and the S1/2 provision at Lionel and Shawbost Schools.”