Schools are focal points for locals
SIR, – Once again Moray Council has raised the issue of amalgamating some Moray primary schools – one of them being Portessie Primary, standing at 88% capacity.
Merging Portessie with Millbank Primary may on paper look feasible, but expecting pupils from the age of 4 and upwards to walk two miles in all weathers is totally unacceptable.
Portessie has a great community spirit in which the school plays a large part.
A busy playgroup is also housed within the school, taking children from age 2, and this leads to smooth integration into school life, as they work hand in hand to ensure children’s educational needs are top priority.
What would happen to the school building? Probably developed into housing that there would be no incentive for families to buy, as there would be no local school for children to attend.
Moray Council should look into a crystal ball regarding any further housing development in the surrounding school catchment area, and keep the school open.
This is just another “Let’s Look After Elgin” policy, which has been the case since the mid-1970s, when the local councils ceased to exist. Sandy Taylor, Craigenroan Place,
Brexit referendum was only advisory
SIR, – I have been somewhat puzzled that, given the vast media coverage of Brexit, no one seems to think it worth mentioning that the EU referendum was actually classed as “advisory”.
As such, it was implemented to give the government of the day some idea of the feelings for and against Brexit across the country.
Am I missing something here? Why wouldn’t a government, faced with the complexities and almost guaranteed social and economic damage likely to be incurred, simply man up and say: “OK, we know a majority voted to leave the EU, but now that we know what it actually entails and the difficulties it presents, we have decided not to proceed with it”?
It seems this pursuit of Brexit at any cost is driven by the same kind of toxic ideology the Tories have shown over austerity, immigration and welfare.
After Brexit, the very rich and powerful will remain very rich and powerful and be able to continue with their privileged lives, unlike those at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
For the poorest and most vulnerable in society, and indeed for the vast majority of families,