Action groups could join forces in school battle

CAMPAIGNERS are calling on North Somerset Council to scrap proposals to expand two Portishead schools.

Speaking at a Portishead Town Council planning meeting, Robert Ball, a member of the High Down Action Group, said the plans to turn High Down infant and junior schools into two 420-primary schools should be withdrawn in the face of such tremendous opposition.

More than 300 people have already signed an online petition objecting to the proposals.

Meanwhile the first meeting of the Village Quarter Parents Group, which is campaigning for more school places in lower Portishead, attracted more than 50 people.

A spokesman for the group said: “All who attended were in agreement that plans to expand High Down to accommodate the children of our growing town is inappropriate and the funds need to be re-directed to providing school places where they are needed, in and around the Village Quarter.”

Both action groups are planning a meeting in the next few days to see if they can work together to force North Somerset Council to look at different options.

More details about the Village Quarter group can be found by visiting www. facebook.com/pages/The-Village-Quarter-Parent-Group/4988704534599 22? ref=hl

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The petition to stop the reorganisation and expansion of High Down schools can be found at http://tinyurl.com/HDPetition