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Scottish Government will be asked to stop St Joseph’s closure

Parents demonstrating about proposed closure of St Joseph's PS and St Agatha's Primary School.
15th May 2014
Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Parents demonstrating about proposed closure of St Joseph's PS and St Agatha's Primary School. 15th May 2014 Pic: Roberto Cavieres

The methods which led to the decision to close St Joseph’s will be put under intense scrutiny - to see if there is any way the Scottish Government could be called on to stop them.

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson has pledged to place the plans under the microscope to see if there and any grounds to have them looked at again.

The Scottish Government can ‘call in’ council decisions - but only if there is found to be a problem with ‘procedure’.

Mr Paterson said: “This decision was taken by the ruling administration in spite of the overwhelming majority of parents and wider community who opposed it.

“It tells us that the consulation – which revealed that more than 95 per cent of St Joseph’s parents were against the closure – was a farce.

“The Labour/Lib Dem/Tory councillors have ridden roughshod over the wishes of the parents and democracy. They have ignored the wishes of their constituents they are there to represent.

“I will be looking very carefully at the procedures taken during this process and will work with the campaign group in their fight for justice which goes on.”

MP Jo Swinson - whose LibDem colleagues backed closure - said: “Over the last year in my advice surgeries I’ve listened to concerns from dozens of St Joseph’s parents, so I know that the Ccuncil’s decision will be a big disappointment for them.

“Of course I know many campaigners will now be making representations to the Scottish Government as they take a view on whether to call in the decision and settle the issue of whether or not there should be a new school built to merge St Jospeh’s and St Andrew’s primaries.”

 

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