Public meeting about primary school provision in Portlethen

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A PUBLIC meeting next Tuesday (October 4) to discuss the future of primary school provision in Portlethen is expected to attract a large section of the community.

Council officials, and local councillors are expected to attend the meeting, where members of the public will be given the chance to quiz them about plans for the future.

Calls for a meeting were prompted by recent revelations that plans for a new primary school at Hillside have been shelved.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Leisure and Learning Service have confirmed that, while a site has been set aside for a new school, there are no immediate plans to build the promised facility.

The meeting, which will take place in the main hall at Portlethen Academy from 7.15pm until 9pm, will be chaired by community council chairman Ron Sharp. Speaking at the monthly meeting of the community council this week, Mr Sharp said: “The main aim of the meeting is to get the facts straight. Several council officials will be there as well as our local Councillors.

“The council officials will put forward their case and present the facts, and the Councillors will then put forward their views. We will then open the floor to public questions.”

Once we have all the facts out on the table we and the members of the public can then take any appropriate action.”

400 leaflets publicisng the meeting have been distributed door to door at Hillside, as well as being given to parents at Portlethen and Fishermoss primary schools.

Several residents of Portlethen and Hillside have expressed concern about the decision to delay the building of the school, saying that the existing primary schools in the town will not be able to cope with all of the children that the new housing estate at Hillside will bring.