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Comment posted Angus Council just voted 15-14 in favour of secret hearing of proposal to take Education Secretary to Judicial Review by newsroom.

Very interesting. If this is true is will save the Angus taxpayer up to £40k.
Is the decision to spend the £8m outside Arbroath a vindictively punitive one? Warddykes School, by all accounts, is certainly in serious need of attention and some modest upgrading would genuinely improve the school estate in the town?
That said, we cannot understand why, since the £8million was to be borrrowed, it is still to be spent. Is this not an unnecessary expense?

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  • A press release was issued to local media last night for use this morning.
    Directly informing the electorate who will pay the bill for this does not seem to be a council priority.
    We have simply been told that the decision to go to Judicial Review is definite but obviously the local media have the press release and they need to have the story first so we do not know any detail, such as what the actual vote was.
  • Legal opinion has been taken on this and, while nothing is assured in law, none see anything but the strength of the case for the Education Secretary’s decision.
  • From Kevin Barthorpe:
    Just not long got back from the meeting at the council. I have to say what a farce the same people that voted for the school voted against members of the public being allowed to stay in the meeting discussing the school & possible costly legal action. It was quite funny how our Provost didn’t even allow those against this measure to state their reasons for this. Not only that in the part we were able to sit in on they were talking about a fair democratic process what is democratic about excluding press & members of the public from something so important to our children & local community.
    I have to say I am not surprised at the councils inability to listen to the views of the public, but cannot understand what was achieved by our exclusion from the meeting after all as a spectator you are not allowed to speak.
    I look forward to the result about the decision as to whether or not they decide to take it to judicial review, but am very concious of the fact it it gets the go ahead it is quite obvious to me that those voting for it have no consideration to what the public want & I hope this will result in many of them losing their posts at the elections in May.

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