Steer­ing group formed to cam­paign on vil­lage school

The Galloway News - - RENEWI SETTLEMENT -

Con­cerned Car­sphairn res­i­dents have set up a steer­ing group to co– or­di­nate ef­forts to safeguard the lo­cal pri­mary school.

The move was agreed at a well–at­tended meet­ing in the Lag­wyne Hall last Wed­nes­day night.

Car­sphairn Com­mu­nity Coun­cil ( CCC) and the par­ent teacher coun­cil jointly called the pub­lic event.

The meet­ing was prompted by a steady de­cline in the school roll which now stands at just two pupils.

There is also a short­age of nurs­ery–age kids in the school catch­ment el­i­gi­ble for en­rol­ment at Car­sphairn.

That means doubts over the school’s fu­ture are likely to per­sist un­less the sit­u­a­tion changes.

CCC chair­per­son Liz Holmes told the News: “A steer­ing group has been formed to lead the cam­paign.

“It will have its first meet­ing later in Jan­uary.”

The vil­lage – ex­actly half­way between Cas­tle Dou­glas and Ayr on the A713 – is just 24 miles from the A75 and 30 from Prest­wick Air­port.

It is un­der­stood ef­forts to help the school re­main vi­able will cen­tre on main­tain­ing Car­sphairn as a liv­ing work­ing com­mu­nity.

At­tract­ing young familes with chil­dren and pro­mot­ing Car­sphairn’s trans­port links is likely to form part of that strat­egy.

Mrs Holmes vowed: “We will work out what we can do and how we can do it.”

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