School groups come together to march on council HQ over merger plans

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PARENTS are holding a mass demonstration over controversial plans to merge primary schools across East Dunbartonshire.

The council is currently holding an informal consultation on a shortlist of possible school mergers - set to conclude on February 4.

The options being looked at came about as a result of a review of the council’s primary school estate carried out last year.

But many of the prospective mergers have proved unpopular with parents - who are concerned about the consequences of rising school rolls on educational standards.

The demonstration will take place outside the council headquarters in Southbank Marina on Saturday (January 19).

Parents from Lennoxtown Primary, Gartconner Primary, Woodhill Primary, Oxgang Primary and Merkland School have pledged to attend, along with supporters from campaigns to save Bearsden Primary and Milngavie Primary.

Woodhill Primary mum Debbie Gribbon, who is organising the event, said: “We already have parents from eight schools taking part in the rally and hope that more will come along on the day. We need to let the council and the councillors know how we feel about this.”

If you would like to help with the demonstration on Saturday, or would like to know more about the plans, contact Debbie Gribbon by emailing

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