Campaigning parents launch 11th hour bid to save school

Protesting Lenzie Primary parents
Protesting Lenzie Primary parents

Save Our School campaigners have made a final attempt to persuade the Scottish Government to block two primary mergers.

Groups from Lenzie, Lenzie Moss, Auchinairn and Wood-

hill primaries have all written to Scottish Ministers calling on them to ‘call in’ the decision by East Dunbartonshire Council to merge the four schools into two new buildings on the current Lenzie Moss and Woodhill sites.

The deadline for submissions was yesterday (Tuesday) and the government now has three weeks to decide whether to intervene.

Woodhill mum Debbie Gribbon said: “We submitted our evidence to the Scottish Government and requested that they review and call in the decision to close and merge Woodhill Primary.

“The decision to do this was based on the fact that we feel we have sufficient evidence to prove that the council has failed to comply in a significant way with the requirements set out in legislation and failed to take proper account of a material consideration relevant to its decision.”

She added: “They have asked for our views at every stage and ignored them at every stage.

“They have still to let us see the apparent list of educational benefits that this new super sized school will provide.

“They have proved what an arrogant and political process this has truly been.”

Gordon Currie, the council’s head of education, said: “The statutory consultation process can take a long time and we understand that it can be difficult for everyone involved in the school.

“The council, parents and other stakeholders all want to ensure the best possible education for our young people, and we are grateful to everyone who has given their views on how to do this.

“We have taken these views on board and believe we have complied fully with legislation.

“We look forward to hearing any comments the Scottish Government have on the proposal.”

The Scottish Government is expected to come to a decision on the school mergers in early March.