Portlethen schools’ public meeting

The status quo option map
The status quo option map

A public meeting to consider proposals to redistribute primary school zones in Portlethen is due to take place next week.

Public consultation on proposals started at the beginning of the month, with the meeting due to take place on Wednesday, January 28, as part of the consultation process.

Proposals for an additional primary school at Hillside, Portlethen, were backed by Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee in June 2013.

In order to deliver the additional school, a new catchment area needs to be created and the remaining areas in the network reviewed.

Parents and local stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting which will be held in Portlethen Academy’s drama studio from 6-8pm.

Councillors debated the proposal document for the redistribution of zones at the recent Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meeting on Tuesday. The document proposes that an additional primary school at Portlethen should be built and the catchment area should be amended for August 2016.

An online survey with copies of maps - including the proposed boundary changes - is available to gather responses at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortlethenRezoningConsultation

Schools affected by the proposals are Banchory-Devenick, Portlethen Primary, Fishermoss and Newtonhill.

The catchment areas for the schools will come into effect from August 2016 and only affect new pupils in the network.

Copies of the proposals are available from Aberdeenshire Council’s Woodhill House headquarters in the city as well as from the schools affected by the proposals, Portlethen Library, Newtonhill Library and Aberdeenshire Council’s Viewmount offices in Stonehaven.

A copy will also be published on Aberdeenshire Council’s website www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

For further information on the proposals or to make comments relating to them, contact Maxine Booth, Aberdeenshire Council, Learning Estates Team, Education and Children’s Services, Gordon House, Blackhall Road, Inverurie, AB51 3WA.

You can also email rezoning@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, Comments should be submitted by Tuesday, February 27.