MP to hold schools meet­ing

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Par­ents at un­der-threat schools across the re­gion are be­ing in­vited to a pub­lic meet­ing next week.

Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, is hold­ing a pub­lic meet­ing on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15 at 7pm in Perth’s Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel.

This comes as Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil car­ries out a school es­tate re­view, leav­ing a num­ber of schools un­der threat of clo­sure.

Some schools, such as Bal­housie Pri­mary School and the moth­balled Forte­viot Pri­mary School, have al­ready been axed as part of phase one of the re­view.

The aim of the meet­ing is to give con­cerned par­ents the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss their ex­pe­ri­ences and look at how best to move for­ward.

Mr Wishart said: “Dur­ing the process it is es­sen­tial that res­i­dents have their say in an ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum and set­ting.

“I in­tend to en­sure that my con­stituents are given the op­por­tu­nity to talk to each other.

“This will af­ford them an op­por­tu­nity for proper scru­tiny of the de­ci­sion mak­ers and pro­pos­als, which has been de­nied to them by the Tory ad­min­is­tra­tion at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil.

“Where po­ten­tial school clo­sures are on the agenda, it is vi­tal that the dis­cus­sion is as in­clu­sive and con­sid­ered as pos­si­ble.

“Since the start of this process, I have been con­cerned that the views of par­ents and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties are be­ing rid­den rough-shod, through a se­ries of iso­lated con­sul­ta­tions that carry no weight.”

He added: “I am pleased that Rev Hunter Far­quhar­son, who was in­volved in the suc­cess­ful cam­paign to save St Ninian’s Pri­mary School in Perth and Andy Charl­ton from the par­ent coun­cil of Pit­lochry High School, who is cur­rently en­gaged in a ‘hands up for Pit­lochry High School’ cam­paign, will be speak­ing at the meet­ing. “All are wel­come to at­tend. “To let us know if you are com­ing, please call 01738 639598 or email pete.wishart.mp@par­lia­ment.uk so we can make the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­com­mo­da­tions.”

Schools listed in the coun­cil’s sec­ond phase of the re­view are Cleish, Grand­tully, Lo­gierait and Ruthven­field pri­mary schools and Pit­lochry High School.

In the third phase of the re­view, the schools will in­clude Bal­beg­gie, Col­lace, Coupar An­gus, Glen­delvine, Ket­tins, Mei­gle and Stan­ley pri­mary schools.

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