Kirkintilloch to get new primary school

Lairdsland Primary'Photo Emma Mitchell'28/11/11
Lairdsland Primary'Photo Emma Mitchell'28/11/11

PLANS have been unveiled for a new £5million primary school in Kirkintilloch.

A site for the new Lairdsland Primary has been ear-marked near the town’s Southbank Marina.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy, who has campaigned for a new school, welcomed the announcement.

He says the current school building, which has outdoor toilets and no dinner hall, is “not suitable”.

Councillor Kennedy now intends to visit the proposed site, which had previously been ear-marked for an arts and cultural centre, to ensure its position near the canal is safe and suitable for the new school.

He said: “I’m obviously delighted that after four years of campaigning I have got what I was looking for.

“The current school building is on its last legs. We should have been here 10 to 15 years ago.

“However, I want to check the site is safe and acceptable, and that we have an agreement with parents for transport in place long before the school opens.

“I would like to see the old school building retained, but it is not suitable for modern education.”

It’s thought the new school could open in time for the start of the October 2014 term if everything goes to plan.

It is being funded from the council’s capital programme and the Scottish Futures Trust.