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Karen Pemberton’s Colemanballs moment

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Red faces over possible school closure

Karen Pemberton, the council’s assistant head of service for schools organisation, has further angered parents already firmly opposed to the plan with her admission that she’s never even been to Oakleigh Gardens.

Speaking at a Whitburn, Cleadon and Boldon community area forum meeting, she said: “I’ve not actually visited the school, but I hear it needs an update.”

As the wonderful David Coleman might have commented — that’s quite extraordinary! She may as well have said “I never went to school, so perhaps I do need an educational update”.

It also begs a further question to be answered by South Tyneside councillor Jimmy Foreman – just how extensive are the consultations? Don’t they involve senior officers meeting with the service users, or are the opinions gathered by minions lower down the chain of command before being suitably processed, sanitised, and made to fit?

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Written by curly

September 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

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