Historic school building should be saved

Cllr Charles Kennedy outside Lairdsland PS 27.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Cllr Charles Kennedy outside Lairdsland PS 27.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

CALLS have been made to save a historic primary school building for community use when a new one is built to replace it.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy says that, with improvements, Lairdsland Primary in Kirkintilloch, could be used as a meeting place or even an alternative town hall.

The Kirkintilloch school is due to be replaced in the coming years, but there are concerns that the current building - which was built in 1875 - could be demolished.

Councillor Kennedy has asked Historic Scotland to consider giving the school listed building status, but they say it doesn’t meet the ‘rigorous standards’ for inclusion as a building of special architectural or historic interest”.

Councillor Kennedy said: “Slowly, but very surely, Victorian Kirkintilloch is disappearing before our eyes.

“I think the public needs to get behind me in my desire to ensure that Lairdsland Primary School building, if it becomes surplus to council requirement, is kept for community use.”