Campaign to save schools in Milngavie and Bearsden gathers pace

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THE schools revolt grew across the district as parents held emergency meetings to protest against proposed closures and mergers.

Last week we reported how stars Mark Knopfler and Darius Campbell have stepped up to support the parents campaign at Bearsden Primary to save the school from closure.

Meanwhile, furious parents at Milngavie Primary have set up an action group and met last Wednesday to formulate an action plan to deal with the threatened closure of the school, which dates back to the 1870s.

Parents at St Joseph’s in Milngavie are also protesting about proposals to merge the school with St Andrew’s Primary in Bearsden - to create a new building on the St Andrew’s site, which would mean the end of Catholic education in Milngavie.

And residents in Westerton met to discuss proposals to create a new school/library and hall on the current library site which would merge Westerton and Colquhoun Park primaries.

So many concerns were raised that Bearsden West Community Council has organised another meeting for Friday, January 11 in Westerton Hall at 7.30pm.

Residents are worried about the possibility of losing the tennis courts, bowling club and playing fields as well as the last nursery in the village which currently meets in the hall.

Emma Sheppard, chair of local green space organisation, Cairnhill Woods group, said: “Council officers are telling us that a decision will be made in March. This will affect the area for generations to come but councillors still can’t give us basic information, such as the footprint of the prosposed new school which will house around 500 pupils,

“How can residents make decisions in the January survey without such basic information about how some of our precious greenspace will be affected?”

Chair of Milngavie Primary parent council, Gerry Jamieson, said: “We dropped letters into the children’s school bags to alert parents to take part in the consultation online.

“We’ve also organised another meeting on January 7 at 7pm in The Fraser Centre in Milngavie.

“The word is speading fast and we aim to build a database of parents who want to help.

“We’ve got four weeks to get as many people to put their views across to the council. It needs to open its eyes - this is not what the community wants.”

The action group is setting up a website and Facebook page and they will be gathering signatures for a petition.

The questionnaire is online at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/primaryimprovement

The closing date is Monday, February 4, 2013. If you have problems completing the questionnaire call Fraser Grieve at IBP on 01698 743075 or e-mail f.grieve@ibp.eu.com