Parents weigh up their options

Lenzie Primary School.
Lenzie Primary School.

Councillors have voted in favour of plans for a new primary school in Lenzie, despite parents’ concerns over a range of issues.

Last week we reported on the list of objections and worries submitted by members of the Interim Parent Council (IPC) - set up to oversee the upcoming merger of Lenzie Primary School and Lenzie Moss Primary School on the current Lenzie Moss site as part of the council’s controversial Primary School Improvement Scheme (PSIP).

Issues brought up included a lack of adequate playing pitches, problems with increased traffic, inadequate parking and safety and noise concerns.

But members of East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board last week decided to grant full planning permission to build the new school with attached nursery - scheduled to open during session 2016-17.

East Dunbartonshire Council, via architect Holmes Miller, lodged the planning application for the new school, sports pitches, access, car parking and play facilities earlier this year.

Chair of the planning board, Councillor Billy Hendry, said: “I am delighted the Board has approved the planning application for the delivery of a new purpose-built school in Lenzie.

“All representations were considered and permission has been granted with the relevant conditions in place.”

Parents are now considering their options and have not ruled out taking the matter further.

A IPC spokesperson told the Herald: “We are disappointed that the planning board has not taken on board our objection.

“We are not convinced that the proposed measures to mitigate the additional traffic will be sufficient and there remain significant questions around the council’s plans for the provision of playing fields.

“We will be considering whether to raise this matter with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.”