East Dunbartonshire Council has extended the pre-consultation process on proposals to merge Baldernock and Torrance Primary schools.
Following the first engagement meeting held in January a second meeting will now be held on 25 March with a further meeting to be held in May.
The Council is holding further consultations and design workshops for the new build school in Bishopbriggs that will replace Auchinairn Primary, Woodhill Primary and Wester Cleddens Learning and Childcare Centre. The event dates are:
Thursday 26th February 2015 at 6pm in Woodhill Primary School
Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 6pm in Auchinairn Primary School (this workshop will focus on travel planning)
Tuesdat 28th April 2015 Community drop-in event from 2pm to 8pm in Bishopbriggs Academy, Conference Room
The Scottish Government has given the green light to controversial plans by East Dunbartonshire Council to close St Joseph's Primary School in Milngavie and merge the school with St Andrew's Primary, in Bearsden.
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Herald Scotland story
East Dunbartonshire Council's plans to shut St Joseph's Primary in Milngavie and build a new denominational primary in Bearsden to replace both St Joseph's and St Andrew's Primary will be examined by the Scottish Government.
Parents at St Joseph's and the Catholic Church have been fighting the plan.
The Scottish Government has signed off on East Dunbartonshire Council’s decision to build one new school for Auchinairn and Woodhill Primary Schools and Wester Cleddens Learning and Childcare Centre on the Woodhill site following a three months review.
The Scottish Government had requested further information and discussion on the proposal, following the decision to implement the plans at a meeting of the full Council in January 2014.
The Council is going ahead with its plans to close Lenzie and Lenzie Moss primary schools and build a new school at the current Lenzie Moss site despite efforts by campaign groups such as 'Save Lenzie Schools' to have the decision called in by Scottish Ministers.
However the decision to merge Auchinairn and Woodhill Primary Schools has been called in by the Scottish Government who have concerns that the council may not have fully addressed the impact that closure of Auchinairn Primary will have on the local community.
They are also concerned that the size of the new school may not reflect the combined roll of both schools and the projected growth in the area and are seeking clarification on why the proposals on class sizes were reversed once the consultation was closed and whether the community was properly informed of the change.
The Council will not move forward with the proposal until this process is complete.
04/03/2014 Boost for school campaigners - Herald Scotland
06/03/2014 Ministers 'call in' school merger plans - Kirkintilloch Herald
“It’s clear from the consultation responses that the proposal to merge Lenzie Moss and Lenzie Primary is relatively uncontroversial however the Council must ensure they address the increased traffic levels that would come following the merger in an area that is already of concern to local residents.
“The opposite is true for the proposal to merge Auchinairn and Woodhill where two thirds of respondents disagree with the proposal, making it an unpopular one. While Education Scotland’s report states that there are educational benefits to the proposal the communities at both schools, especially Auchinairn, don’t see it as the way forward.”
Local MP Jo Swinson says it’s clear that communities want to maintain the status quo for their schools following the release of the informal consultation results into alternatives to the merged Balmuildy, Meadowburn and Wester Cleddens primary schools proposal and into the merger of Westerton and Colquhoun Park primaries.
A copy of the findings can be downloaded here.
Commenting Jo said:
“The communities have made their position clear.
“We’ll have to wait and see whether Council members decide to move to statutory consultation which may not be until the spring at the earliest.”
The second statutory consultation of the East Dunbartonshire Primary School Improvement Programme began on Monday 26 August and will close on Friday 11 October. The Council is proposing to:
- Close St Andrew’s Primary School, and St Joseph’s Primary School, and establish a new school which will be built on the St Andrew’s Primary site
- Close St Agatha’s Primary School, and St Flannan’s Primary School, and establish a new school which will be built on the St Flannan’s Primary site(outwith the East Dunbartonshire Parliamentary constituency)
Public meetings will be held at St Andrew’s Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School on Monday 16 September from 7.30-9pm, and at St Agatha’s Primary School and St Flannan’s Primary School on Thursday 19 September from 7.30-9pm (once again outwith the constituency).