A CONSULTANT is needed to help parents fight controversial school plans, a councillor has said.
Kirklees Council announced a massive restructuring of education in north Kirklees earlier this month.
Mirfield parents have protested against the plan, which involves closing Castle Hall School and Specialist Language College.
More than 100 of them attended an open meeting last week to discuss opposition to the plans.
Clr Martyn Bolt wants Mirfield Town Council to employ an outside expert to come up with an alternative plan.
He said: “I think it would be advantageous to bring in a consultant who could come up with an alternative that’s costed and viable, rather than burying our heads in the sand.
“Simply saying no is not an option.”
Mirfield Town Council was considering the issue at a special meeting last night.
A six-week consultation process on the controversial plans is underway.
The £200m package includes expanding some schools and closing 11, including Castle Hall.
Pupils from Castle Hall would be transferred to an extended Mirfield Free Grammar, with the closure possibly by August 2013.
But a parents’ group says the Castle Hall site has more space for expansion than Mirfield Free Grammar.
It claims roads around Mirfield Free Grammar School are already struggling to cope with traffic congestion, which increased pupil numbers would make even worse.
They are also concerned about the lack of choice which would be available to students and parents if the closure went ahead.
A petition against the plan on the Downing Street website has more than 600 signatures.