Council accused of “disjointed thinking”

THE group are concerned for the future of Portlethen Primary School.
THE group are concerned for the future of Portlethen Primary School.

COUNCILLOR Ian Mollison spoke out this week against possible plans to close Portlethen Primary School.

Closure of the school is one option being considered by Aberdeenshire Council, who are looking at ways to solve the issue of primary education provision in the town.

Parents have voiced their anger over the option which considers closing the existing Portlethen Primary, and would prefer to see an option which invlolves keeping both existing schools open and building a third primary in the Hillside area.

Figures have revealed that the existing schools will not be able to cope with the amount of children in the town since the Hillside development has been built. A consultation event was held at Portlethen Academy last week and the local authority are expected to announce a decision soon.

At the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meeting on Tuesday, Cllr Mollison took the opprtunity of commenting on the issue when members were asked to approve plans for an electrical upgrade at Portlethen Primary.

He said: “Some people have commented to me that this reveals some disjointed thinking within the council. You have the paradox between some officers looking at closing the school, while other officers are looking at - rightly - spending £100,000 on improving it.

“I am not in support of the closure of that school. It is an excellent school and should be invested in.”

Area Manager Willie Munro replied: “It may look disjointed but it is not. The possible closure of the school is only one option, and any outcome wouldn’t be immediate, so it is important for us to make sure that the school is fit for purpose.

“This committee will be consulted quite soon on the outcome of the consultation process before going to the policy and resources committee.