Hillside School in Portlethen won't be rezoned

Councillors have agreed that a north east school will not be rezoned following consultations.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 4th February 2021, 7:08 am
Updated Thursday, 4th February 2021, 7:12 am
Hillside School in Portlethen
Hillside School in Portlethen

A consultation exercise was carried out last year regarding proposed changes to the catchment area of Hillside School in Portlethen.

The matter was raised when councillors on the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee considered a planning application for 175 homes at Leathan Fields in December 2019.

The committee agreed to a delegated grant subject to conditions, one of these being a rezoning exercise with the result that any potential pupils living in the new housing would be zoned to either Portlethen Primary School or Fishermoss School.

A consultation was approved by Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee (ECSC) in January last year and it was launched the following month.

The consultation was due to end in March but was extended until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A public meeting was held for parents and carers to attend while an online survey was also made available.

The survey results concerning the rezoning were published earlier last year and some 464 responses were collected.

The majority – a total of 346 responses - did not support the rezoning of the development away from Hillside School.

Feedback from the consultation revealed that parents, carers and stakeholders were “overwhelmingly” against the rezone of the new residential site and believed it should stay in the Hillside School catchment.

Council officers therefore recommended that the Leathan Fields site should not be rezoned and remain in the Hillside School catchment.

The rezoning issue was raised for discussion at the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee on December 8 last year and councillors agreed to the recommendation.

At a meeting of the ECSC on Thursday, January 28 members also agreed to approve the recommendation and therefore the rezone will not go ahead.

Hillside School has had an increasing pupil roll since it opened in 2016.

A four-classroom extension is currently being constructed at the school.