Support in closure fight
Politicians back ‘save school’ campaigns
Politicians are throwing their weight behind a bid to stop the potential closure of Ae village school.
The deadline for residents to put their opinions forward on the prospective shut-down is next Tuesday as the council’s six-week consultation comes to an end.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack said he was against the closure of Ae and Kirkbean schools as they were the “heart of local communities” and urged those concerned to make their views known.
He said: “I have been contacted by a number of concerned parents rightly worried about the impact these school closures would have.
“It would be the wrong decision and by pressing ahead with shutting these schools the council would be letting down rural communities.”
“I do not believe the case has properly been made for shutting them.”
Ae parents and community councils have worked together to drum up support and oppose the potential closure, making their views known at meetings held in
the village with council officials.
MSP Joan McAlpine also raised her concerns at the Scottish Parliament last week. She said: “It is clear that the communities are strongly behind their local schools and do not want them to close.”
A council spokesman said: “Information and views gathered during the statutory consultation period will be included in a report to a future meeting of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee.
“If the committee was to agree to close a school, this would need to be demonstrated as the only viable option.”
Opposing closures Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack and MSP Joan McAlpine