Meet to discuss Logie Coldstone

The public meeting to discuss the proposed closure of Logie Coldstone Primary School will be held at 7pm on Monday (January 17), in the school.

The school, which has been part of the community since the 1800s, is earmarked for closure in the summer of 2011, as part of Aberdeenshire COuncil’s budget cuts. Clatt Primary is also under threat.

Parents of pupils at Logie Coldstone Primary School have vowed to fight the closure. They feel that small primary schools, such as theirs, should not be seen as an easy target for emergency cost savings as they feel they are at the heart of rural communities.

As previously reported in the Piper, they said in a statement they believed it “incredibly short-sighted” to try to close the school when the local development plan had provision for 25 new houses and a play area right beside the school.

All members of the local community are invited to attend Monday’s meeting, as are representatives of local groups, businesses and other bodies affected by the proposal.

Julie Mitchell-Mehta (pictured), chairwoman of the parent council, said: “It is vitally important that as many people as possible attend the meeting to let the council know how the proposed closure of our local school will affect the wider community, as well as the families immediately involved.

“This is everyone’s chance to have their views taken into account by the council as part of the consultation process.”

A consultation exercise is now being held - until February 9 - relating to both schools to seek views on the proposals from parents and other interested parties before any decision is made.

Under the proposals, pupils from Logie Coldstone Primary School would transfer to Tarland Primary School and Clatt would transfer to Kennethmont Primary School.

The move would take effect from July 2011.