Bicton bid to be examined

Plans to relocate Mill Water School set to take place this week.

a controversial plan to relocate Mill Water School to Bicton College is to be put under the microscope this week by Honiton Town Council.

Civic leaders are preparing to meet education chiefs, insisting the views of parents and staff must be paramount during a consultation.

The council confirmed, during a meeting on Monday night, that meetings will include talks with those closely associated with the Honiton Bottom Road school.

The Mayor, Councillor Vernon Whitlock, said: “We have had a letter from Devon’s head of education explaining the reasons for the relocation.

“We have asked to meet with her face-to-face and we are also having a meeting with the head of Mill Water School to discuss this later on this week – so watch this space.”

Mill Water School, an integral part of Honiton for more than 30 years, caters for pupils with learning difficulties.

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The school building has been deemed to be unsuitable and governors at Bicton College have agreed in principle to proposals to provide a new site on the college campus for the start of the academic year in September 2013.

It had originally been planned to relocate the school to a site in Cranbrook. However, the proposed move to Bicton has sparked concern among parents and the town council.

The council previously expressed concerns that the move could put pupils at a “considerable disadvantage” and leave them isolated in a countryside location.