Parents asked to attend Schools consultation

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

A GROUP of concerned Portlethen residents have implored parents to attend a public consultation next week looking at primary education provision in the town.

The ‘Save the Heart of Portlethen’ campaign group have recently delivered a leaflet to all parents, guardians and ‘stakeholders’ associated with Portlethen Primary School, detailing Aberdeenshire Council’s options for education provision.

The leaflet highlights worries that two of the options being considered by the council involve the closure of the existing Portlethen Primary School, a move that the group describes as “adivisive move by Aberdeenshire Council to once again attempt to close Portlethen Primary School.”

Spokesman for ‘Save the Heart of Portlethen’ Steve McKerron said “the Save the Heart of Portlethen has a number of important questions to put to the Council regarding its handling of the whole consultation process. A process that, even if implemented correctly by the council, at best could only be described as ‘consultation light’ and at worse ‘consultation avoidance’.”

The Save the Heart of Portlethen spokesman Steve McKerron said “It’s clear that the Council has failed to show that the increased role for Portlethen Primary is overwhelmingly due to the children coming from Hillside. This failure promotes the idea that Portlethen Primary is too small and disguises the fact that Hillside could easily support a new school of its own. Finally, it’s abundantly clear that the Councils negligence in not ensuring that the parent council, the primary ‘stakeholder’ in the whole process, clearly understood its role on behalf of the public when taking part in the Stakeholder group meetings. The Save the Heart of Portlethen feels that this catastrophic failure of communication by the Council renders the whole consultation process null and void and should be carried out again.”

The public consultation will take place on Wednesday April 24 between 4pm and 7pm.