The meeting of the County Council's Overview & Scrutiny Committee today altered recommendations to the cabinet over the proposed secondary school for Swanage & proposals to move St Georges First school in Langton Matravers to a new site.
If the cabinet agrees this decision St Georges school is saved - the option for consultation is to retain the school on its existing village site, rather than merging it with St Marks, which would be redeveloped on the existing Middle School site.
A hard fought victory was also won for the Education Swanage campaigners; councillors amending the recommendation proposed that Purbeck parents were to be offered the opportunity to be consulted on a proposed split site Purbeck school with a site in Swanage as well as the existing one in Wareham.
"This issue has seen members of all political parties working together," said Ros Kayes, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for South Dorset, who spoke in favour of both proposals today, " and it's a small victory for local democracy. But it is really a tribute to the tremendous hard work done by the communities in Langton & Swanage who have refused to be beaten by this consultation. They have rallied support round, conducted research that contradicts that of the officials & really challenged the imposition of these changes. They have fought every step of the way & I am overjoyed at the result for them."
If accepted by the Cabinet the new proposals will go out to public consultation in January. Only one councillor opposed the changes.