Councillor slammed by all parties for jumping the gun on East Dunbartonshire school merger decision

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A LIB Dem councillor has provoked outrage after breaking ranks to insist a controversial school merger had been dropped – a week BEFORE councillors were set to vote on the plans.

Bearsden South councillor Vaughan Moody distributed a letter to constituents last week saying that his party had insisted that Bearsden Primary and Castlehill Primary be kept as separate schools.

But councillors from all administration parties – including Lib Dem group leader Ashay Ghai – have condemned the move, saying that the decision to axe the proposal from a paper to be voted on this evening (Wednesday) had been agreed by Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem groups.

In the letter Councillor Moody, referring to the recently-published ‘informal’ consultation report, said: “The option of merging these two schools on the Castlehill site generated the largest response.

“The great majority made it very clear that Bearsden Primary should remain where it is. They felt, and I agree, that Bearsden Primary is an integral part of the community.

“Lib Dem councillors made it clear they could not support moving Bearsden Primary. Therefore it has been dropped.”

SNP councillors were quick to accuse Councillor Moody of turning the primary estate review into a “total farce”, while Lib Dem group leader Ashay Ghai chastised Councillor Moody over the letter.

He said: “This is a case where my colleague should have acted with more haste and less speed in trying to report back to his constituents. He should have not jumped the gun and I would like to make it clear that this was not down to any individual councillor or party. All administration councillors have worked together to produce these plans.”

Meanwhile, council leader Rhondda Geekie slammed Councillor Moody’s actions as “disrespectful” and apologised to the electorate and opposition groups on behalf of the administration.

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