St Joseph’s parents doing a protest walk in Milngavie on Wednesday to show it’s unsafe to walk to St Andrew’s Primary in Bearsden

Angry parents are going to stage a protest walk at St Joseph’s Primary School in Milngavie this week during ‘Walk to School Week.’

They wanted to show that if the pupils are moved to Bearsden they will no longer be able to walk safely to school.

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

The council has proposed to merge the school with St Andrew’s Primary School in Bearsden on its site which is over two miles away and has no safe walking route.

Parents and children plan to sing, walk and march from the school on North Campbell Avenue along Craigdhu Road on Wednesday afternoon from 3.15pm to 4pm to the pedestrian crossing at Hunter Road roundabout to illustrate how it’s impossible for the children to walk any further safely.

Parent Emma Whitfield said: “If St Joseph’s closes the children will really struggle to walk to school.

“They won’t be able to take part in this very important national campaign any more which promotes walking to school.

“The school recently held a ‘Cycle to School’ week which was very popular with the children - we couldn’t do that any more.

“The most direct walking route to St Andrew’s Primary is along Craigdhu Road past the fields.

“There is no pedestrian pavement and cars travel quite fast as the speed limit is 40mph but many drivers go faster.

“At the moment St Joseph’s is in the middle of the community.

“Moving the school to a different town will prevent children and parents from making a healthy lifestyle choice - to walk or cycle to school.

“It’s just too far and too dangerous.”