Article and Pictures Courtesy of the Widnes World
School plan facing huge opposition
RADICAL £100 million plans to revolutionize Halton's secondary schools have hit strong opposition from teachers, parents and pupils.
Campaigns to save closure-threatened Fail-field High School in Widnes and The Grange in Runcorn have been launched by action groups.
Halton Council's ambitious vision would see Fairfield High School in Widnes close and merge with Wade Deacon and The Grange Comprehensive in Runcorn shut and amalgamate with The Heath.
So far, 483 printed objections, two petitions, 28 letters of protest and 17 separate oppositions to the proposals have been received.
Seven alternative proposals have been sent in.
Packed public meetings heard concern expressed by many anxious parents.
Not everyone disagrees as 192 printed letters of support were submitted and 37 people expressed backing for the Building Schools for The Future proposal.
Councilors from all parties will be assessing the response to the public consultation on Tuesday.
A further period of consultation on the amended proposals will be held from November 5 to December 12.
The decision of the final draft will be made by councilors in December.
Members of the public will then have another chance to have their say from January 14 to February 29, 2008.
The final decision will be made next March.