Western Isles Council to discuss school closure plans

Shelibost school - pic Chris Wimbush/ Geograph Shelibost school is one of those facing closure in the council's plan

Plans to close schools on the Western Isles will be discussed at a meeting of the islands' full council.

On Tuesday, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's education committee voted nine to eight to reject a motion asking the authority to throw out the proposals.

The comhairle previously said it could not afford to keep open Carloway and Shelibost primaries and continue S1 and S2 education at Shawbost and Lionel.

The plans will be discussed again by the full council next week.

Last week, a judicial review found in favour of the comhairle's challenge to a Scottish government's decision preventing it from closing four schools.

Scottish Ministers had contested the comhairle's legal challenge.

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