Councillors vote to delay decision on rural school merger

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School campaigners are claiming victory after councillors elected to “defer” a decision on a controversial merger.

As part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s recent review of primary schools it had been suggested that Baldernock Primary would close, with pupils moved to a new building on the site of the current Torrance Primary School.

But, as Baldernock is classed as a rural school, a final decision was delayed pending recommendations from the Commission for the Delivery of Rural Education and the Scottish Government’s response.

The Government have now given backing to 36 or 38 recommendations made, including when and why a rural school can be closed.

At a recent meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council it was agreed to hold fire on any closure until more detail is provided about the recommendations.

Baldernock parent Niall Campbell, who has led the campaign against the merger, claimed that the school was now effectively saved from closure.

He explained: “East Dunbartonshire Council can of course revisit Baldernock’s future at any time in the future, however the fact remains that the council have failed in so many of the 36 recommendations so far in its flawed attempt to close the school, that they know that they would have little chance of success.

“With the implementation of a rural regeneration strategy also to be undertaken and the timescale to implement that, then I am fairly confident that Baldernock is now the first school to be saved from the axe.”

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