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St Josephs church with save st josephs primary banner'Photo Emma Mitchell'29/7/13
St Josephs church with save st josephs primary banner'Photo Emma Mitchell'29/7/13

Campaigners are stepping up their fight to save St Joseph’s Primary School in Milngavie as they prepare for the next round of schools consultation.

Milngavie’s only Catholic primary school is threatened with closure under East Dunbartonshire Council’s School Improvement Plans.

The council has proposed to merge St Joseph’s with St Andrew’s Primary in Bearsden on its site more than two miles away.

However, parents have vowed to start a fresh campaign against this in response to the statutory (formal) consultation which begins later this month.

They have already placed a banner in front of St Joseph’s Church in Milngavie and put posters up in shop windows throughout the precinct.

Emma Whitfield, who has two children at the school and one at the nursery, said: “We want people to understand that this fight hasn’t gone away for us.

“While other schools in the area were saved after the informal consultation, St Joseph’s is still under threat.

“Bearsden and Milngavie are two distinct areas with separate parishes. We want our children to be able to go to a local school in their own community.

“We’ve had a huge amount of support in Milngavie from traders and parents at other schools, but they will need to write to the council again to voice their opposition to the plans because even if they did this during the last consultation it doesn’t count now.

“People will have six to 12 weeks to respond so we need to galvanise as much support as possible to help us save our school and keep it here. We are reminding people that we still need their help.”

John Simmons, director of education and social work at the council, said: “The statutory consultation around the proposed merger will begin towards the end of August.

“Parents and other consultees will be contacted with exact details of the consultation once the new school term begins.”