School consultation starts
The first official consultation meetings on the future of Kirkbean Primary have taken place.
Community members met council officials at the village school and at New Abbey to voice their concerns.
Campaigner and parent council chairwoman Alison Lindsay believes the meetings, held last Wednesday, showed exactly how residents feel about the potential closure of the 300-year-old school.
Mrs Lindsay told the News:“There was a great attendance considering the time of day (3.30pm) which is something we have mentioned to them.
“So considering that, it went really well. Lots of people were able to give over their opinions and hopefully those thoughts were taken on board.”
The parent council has been encouraged by the support it has received so far but now needs those against the closure plans to put those thoughts to officials.
Mrs Lindsay added:“We need people to put their opinions in writing before the October 3 deadline.
“In the meantime we’re continuing to rally the community and remind everyone the school has not closed yet.
“We’ve got a good team doing a lot of work. We’ve also had a really good response to our petition which will form part of our consultation response.”
A council spokesman said:“It’s important to realise that the children, young people and lifelong learning committee (CYPLL) didn’t agree to close the schools but to start a statutory consultation process after the school holidays.
“This meeting was part of that agreed process.”
Written observations should be sent to Claire Renton, StTeresa’s Education Centre, Lochside Road, Dumfries, DG2 0DY or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plenty to say Parents and residents attended the meetings