Plans move ahead to replace Kirkintilloch school – were you a pupil?

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A RUN-down Kirkintilloch school is being replaced by a new facility next to the Forth and Clyde Canal.

East Dunbartonshire Council wants to create a new Lairdsland Primary beside Southbank Marina.

Reports by Education Scotland and the council on the new school proposals were due to be published this week as the Herald went to press.

Jim Wilson, chairperson of Lairdsland Primary School Parent Council, said: “Everyone is in favour of a new school and positive about it.

“We’ve been waiting 20 years for a new building.

“There was one or two concerns about the school being close to the canal and the road network, which is understandable, but the council will be looking at all these things.”

The current Lairdsland Primary opened in 1875 and is a typical Victorian building with facilities such as girls toilets and the dining hall housed outside the main building.

It’s estimated the new school will cost around £5million.

Earlier this year East Dunbartonshire Council held a public consultation exercise on the proposals.

The council’s head of education, Gordon Currie, said: “This consultation demonstrates the council’s commitment to improving the school estate.”

Further representations can still be made to the council before May 8. Council officers will then make their recommendations to the education committee later in month.

A final decision is expected to be made by July 10. If given the go-ahead the new school could be built by 2014.

The Education Scotland report and the council’s own report on the consultation are available on the council’s website and at Tom Johnston House and William Patrick Library.

* Did you attend Lairdsland Primary? If so, and you have some fond memories of your days at the Kirkintilloch school, the Herald would like to hear about them. You can e-mail us at or send a letter to The Editor, Kirkintilloch Herald, 11 Dalrymple Court, Kirkintilloch G66 3AA

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