Protests against Bishopbriggs primary school merger gather momentum

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WORRIED parents are up in arms over a proposed school merger, claiming it would “rip the heart out of our community”.

East Dunbartonshire Council is holding an informal consultation on a shortlist of possible primary school mergers.

The month-long exercise started on Monday and will close on February 4.

One of the options being considered is to merge Woodhill Primary and Auchinairn Primary, in Bishopbriggs, with a new school built on one of the current sites.

But mum-of-four Debbie Gribbon, who currently has two children at Woodhill Primary, has launched a campaign to block the plans.

She recently started a Facebook page which has already attracted over 100 supporters.

Debbie said: “We feel like this has happened so quickly.

“One moment there were hundreds of options on the table, now suddenly we seem to be getting told ‘this is your package for Bishopbriggs’.

“Most parents didn’t even know this was happening until a couple of weeks ago, and the consultation is being done at a time when people have other things to think about.

“Many people moved to this area so their children could walk to school and now this could be taken away from them.

“The school is the heart of our community and they seem to want to rip it out.

“There’s an underlying thought that this has already been decided, which is very worrying. We’ll fight them all the way.”

She added: “We’re starting a petition and encouraging people to fill in the consultation questionnaire - even if they don’t have children or grandchildren.”

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