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Bearsden Councillor Duncan Cumming writes to Cabinet Secretary for Education - Michael Russell

FOUR weeks is NOT long enough for the next stage of the primary school estate consultation - that’s the view of independent Bearsden councillor Duncan Cummming.

He is so concerned about the way the process is being “rushed through” that he has written to MSP Mike Russell, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Questionnaires on the ‘viable’ school options will be sent out to 10,000 households in East Dunbartonshire on Friday, January 4 and will also be available online. The deadline for responses is be February 4.

In his letter to the Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Cumming argues that January is probably the worst month in the year to start this process.

He adds: “I hope you will agree with me that any public consultation process, that is undertaken by a public body, should be open, transparent and above all should have the confidence of the people.

“I believe that this consultation is flawed, in so far as the aforementioned criteria has not been met and the people of Bearsden deserve better.”

Mr Cumming has deep concerns about the time-scale and the structure of the questionnaire and urges Mr Russell to meet him in Edinburgh to discuss this very important and emotive issue, which he says will have significant effects upon the community, and the education of current and future generations of Bearsden children.

 

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