Last appeal to deputies over requete, as States debate approaches

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PEOPLE Power Guernsey has sent a final appeal to deputies to pause and review Education's secondary school plans.

Picture by Sophie Rabey. 02-02-20. Archive picture from the education protest march in town from North Beach to Market Square. (27260045)

Nearly 600 people belong to the Facebook group, which is against pushing forward with plans to enlarge Les Beaucamps and St Sampson's high schools to make a single, large secondary school.

Deputies are set to debate a requete this week, which could see the plans paused.

In a letter to deputies, the organisation said that thousands of islanders were depending on the politicians to delay the Education plans.

'The people we represent wish for the one school two sites transition to be put on hold,' the organisation wrote in its open letter.

'There are too many uncertainties, too much back tracking and too much afterthought to plans to have any confidence in it as it stands. We are asking you as a deputy to vote for the requete unamended, as it is the only way to stop the process at this time and save generations in Guernsey from schools not fit for purpose and not necessary in our island.'

The organisation has organised a petition, which has been signed by nearly 6,000 people, and several thousands also took part in a march through St Peter Port against the plans.

This month's States debate is set to get underway on Wednesday.

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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