School con­sul­ta­tion starts

The Galloway News - - INTIMATIONS -

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 schools­forthe­fu­ture@dum­

Plenty to say Par­ents and res­i­dents at­tended the meet­ings

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