Campaign to save Bearsden Primary School gathers pace

THE fight is on to stop the axe falling on a historic primary school.

Campaigners battling to save Bearsden Primary filled the public area at a crucial council meeting on Monday night on the future of the primary schools estate.

Over 60 members of the public crammed into the council chambers with more downstairs watching proceedings on a TV screen.

Members of The Save Bearsden Primary School Campaign are furious that councillors voted for the next stage of the consultation to go ahead - without an option for retaining Bearsden Primary School on its current site.

The historic school, which celebrated its 100th birthday last year, is now threatened with closure unless pressure can over-turn the decision.

East Dunbartonshire Council wants to merge Bearsden and Castlehill primaries to create a new school on the Castlehill site in Rosslyn Road, Bearsden.

This is one of a raft of controversial proposals councillors agreed as part of a review of the primary schools estate.

Westerton and Colquhoun Park, Milngavie, Clober and Baldernock, St Andrew’s and St Joseph’s and Torrance and Baldernock could also now face being merged.

And while no final decision was taken on Monday evening, many parents fear that despite a consultation process, decisions have already been made as there is no option to retain Bearsden Primary or Baldernock Primary on their current sites.

For more on this story get this week’s issue of Milngavie and Bearsden Herald on Thursday, December 13.