Have your say on plans for Dunstable middle schools

Parents are being urged to have their say on the proposed closure of three Dunstable middle schools – Ashton, Brewers Hill and Streetfield – before the final stage of the consultation process closes at 5pm on Monday (July 7).

Details of how to comment on the three separate consultations are available from the three schools and www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations.

Following the end of the consultation there will be a further public meeting at 10 am on July 22 at the council’s Priory House offices in Chicksands. At that meeting the children’s overview and scrutiny committee will discuss any proposals the three schools bring forward about their future viability.

The council’s executive will then make a final decision at their meeting on August 19, where they will consider and discuss a detailed and wide-ranging report covering the outcomes of three consultations and previous public meetings, as well as the schools’ alternative proposals and other relevant factors relating to the future of the schools.

As with all council meetings, everyone is welcome to attend either of these meetings.

If you would like to speak at the overview and scrutiny meeting you will need to register to do so before the start of the meeting.

Contact the scrutiny team on 0300 300 4634 or email scrutiny@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk for more information.

Cllr Mark Versallion, executive member for children’s services, said: “This is a very important and difficult decision that we are faced with as something has to change now for these three schools.

“I encourage everyone, particularly parents, to come along to the meetings. We will be listening carefully to everything we are told and considering it so we can make the best possible decision for children’s education.”