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(UK) Kent: Councillors clash over new $33M (US) autism school; 210 kids will be served

Nov 13, 2018, Kent Online: Torys and Labour clash at Medway Council meeting over £25m special school in Gillingham https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/row-over-new-school-plans-continue-193326/ Opposition councillors on Medway Council have been accused of trying to delay the construction of a new £25 million [$33M US dollars] independent school in Gillingham for children with autism. The facility in Cornwallis Avenue would cater for 210 young people aged between seven and 19 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and challenging behaviour. Most of the concerns from Labour revolve around the involvement of Medway Commercial Group (MCG) – the council’s own trading company – while the group also has issues with financing and location.... “If we have an unprecedented increase in the number of children in desperate need for this facility, can we really look at ourselves in the bathroom mirror if we delay and prevent them from getting this excellent provision?”…