PARENTS in Birkenshaw are still waiting to find out about the future of their children’s education.
Families want to set up an independent high school on the site of Birkenshaw Middle School.
But they were left furious when Kirklees Council did a U-turn and said it wanted the land for relocating Birkenshaw First School instead.
Conservative councillor Robert Light said the future of the school was still uncertain as the consultation process was yet to start.
He said: “I expect that next week once government is back we will see all of this moving again – the Secretary of State is fully committed to ensuring that the free schools happen.
“People in the area want to see progress with this and my challenge to the council is to start putting the kids first.”
The Birstall, Birkenshaw and Gomersal (BBG) Parents’ Alliance want to build a free school, which would be under the control of parents and teachers rather than the council.
But the council then announced plans to move Birkenshaw CE First and Nursery school on to the Middle School site.
Furious parents accused the council of taking over the site in an attempt to scupper plans for a free school.
Clr Light has accused the council of messing with the futures of local children.
He said: “The council seems more interested in political posturing than in the future of the kids.
“Its proposal to close the first school and move it to the site of the free school is a cynical act.
“We feel like the local authority is using local children as political bombs and it’s despicable.
“Local people want to see the school happening and the council is ignorant of this.
“It has proven that it doesn’t understand the area or care about it. They have a responsibility for all of the children in the borough, not just their chosen few.”