Eriskay School wins a reprieve

Council leader, Angus Campbell has stated the Comhairle are willing to accept the moratorium on rural school closures.

The admission in his blog means Eriskay School has been thrown a closure lifeline and halts statutory consultation on proposed closure of the school.

Tackling what he calls “incorrect information” about Eriskay School, Mr Campbell explains the Comhairle unanimously agreed on June 9 to follow the COSLA position on the moratorium.

Writing in his blog, Mr Campbell says: “COSLA agreed that if they were content with the remit and make-up of the Commission then they would agree to the request for a moratorium. COSLA have now indicated that they are happy with the remit and make-up. The Comhairle will therefore adhere and respect the moratorium and there will be no statutory consultation regarding Eriskay school. The Comhairle is, however, free to engage with local communities on education or other issues. That will be a matter for the Comhairle.”

A spokesperson for the SNP group on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: “We warmly welcome the Comhairle communication announcing acceptance of the moratorium on closure of rural schools.

“Suspending closure if only initially for a year will come as a tremendous relief for the children, parents and communities of the schools affected. Their determination to defend their schools and community is to be applauded.

“We trust the council will honour the spirit of the moratoruim and cease proposals on the closure of rural schools which includes non-statutory consultations.”