THE news this week that some of the council’s most unpopular proposals for primary schools in the area have been scrapped has been welcomed by MP Jo Swinson.
A report published last Friday by East Dunbartonshire Council sets out the proposals which will be carried forward to the next stage (statutory) of the council’s formal schools consultation.
Councillors will vote on these options on Wednesday (March 27) in a special council meeting.
Bearsden, Milngavie, Baldernock and Westerton primaries look set to be spared the axe with the plans to merge Bearsden and Castlehill Primaries on the Castlehill site, Milngavie and Clober primaries on the Clober site and Baldernock and Torrance on the Torrance site being shelved.
Last week Liberal Democrat councillors revealed that they would not support merging Bearsden at the Castlehill Primary site.
A letter by Bearsden LibDem councillor Vaughan Moody also confirmed that an option to merge Westerton and Colquhoun Park on the site of Westerton Hall and playing fields will not go ahead.
Instead, it is believed that the schools could be merged on the present Westerton site. This saves Westerton but condemns Colquhoun Park to closure.
The controversial proposal to merge St Joseph’s Primary with St Andrew’s Primary in Bearsden in a new building on the Bearsden site will also go to the next stage of the consultation.
Ms Swinson said: “I’m sure many local parents are breathing a sigh of relief as some of the most controversial plans for local schools have been dropped, such as the merger of Bearsden and Castlehill Primaries and the suggestion of building on the playing field near Westerton Hall. I very much welcome the fact that my colleagues on the council have responded to the concerns raised during the informal consultation.”
She added: “However the proposal for St Joseph’s will be understandably disappointing for parents keen for their children to receive a Catholic education in Milngavie. Obviously if this is approved on Wednesday, the formal consultation process will be hugely important.”