New Kirkintilloch school to be built next to canal – if ministers give go-ahead

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PLANS to build a new Lairdsland Primary next to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Kirkintilloch have been given the go-ahead by the council.

Proposals have now been submitted to the Scottish Government for consideration.

An update report was welcomed at a meeting of the full council recently, but some concerns were raised about the school being close to the canal.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North Councillor David Ritchie asked how the council was planning to overcome the potential hazard.

Head of education, Gordon Currie, said the council was looking at safe walking routes to the school and this would be taken into account at the next stage of the planning process.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “All children will have some danger in their lives and we have to make sure we mitigate against that.

“As long as we are aware there is a danger and train the children to be aware of this.

“The new school is a very positive thing for the town.”

The future for the current Lairdsland Primary building will be considered as part of the masterplan for Kirkintilloch town centre.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy has campaigned for a new school to be built.

He said: “I welcome this report. It’s long overdue that we get a new Lairdsland Primary.”

Lairdsland Primary opened in 1875.

It is estimated the new school will cost around £5million. The new building will create a number of additional educational benefits, including activity spaces such as reading corners, quiet play areas and wet areas and wireless enabled access to ICT facilities.

The dining hall and toilets will be in the main building and there will also be an outdoor classroom and astroturf area.

A final decision on the new school proposal is expected to be made by July 10.

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