PROPOSALS to close a West Wight primary school could be given more scrutiny by Isle of Wight councillors.

Freshwater South member, Cllr John Medland, has called the potential closure of All Saints’ Primary School back to the scrutiny committee, and said an action plan should be developed to improve the school.

Last month, the Isle of Wight Council said its preferred option to deal with falling student numbers in the West Wight would be the closure of All Saints’ and the expansion of nearby St Saviour’s Catholic Primary School.

However, no decision has yet been made, and a consultation is ongoing. Cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Paul Brading, will announce a decision by the end of June.

If the council agrees the call-in is valid, a special meeting of the scrutiny committee will be held to discuss the issue.

Cllr Medland said: “There seems to be no central strategic sense or awareness of the role of public services.

“While a consultation on the future organisation of West Wight schools is necessary, it’s clear a village the size of Freshwater needs a primary school.

“When you have a headache you don’t shoot yourself in the head.”

Freshwater parish councillor, Vix Lowthion, said: “They have failed to look at the bigger picture.

“The council report has only included options which result in the closure of All Saints’, the data included in the consultation report is inaccurate, and medium to long term strategic needs for the area have not been considered.

“Yet again the West Wight is being abandoned by the Isle of Wight Council, when we need them to allocate us our fair share of regeneration, opportunities and investment.”

A public meeting about the possible closure will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at All Saints’ Primary School, at 6pm.

The Isle of Wight Council cabinet will meet at the West Wight Sport’s Centre, in Freshwater, on Thursday (March 14), from 4.30pm.