North Bute faces D-day next week

ARGYLL and Bute Council will come to a decision in the next few days on whether to press ahead with statutory consultation on the closure of North Bute Primary School.

A recommendation to consider whether or not to proceed with statutory consultation is included on the agenda for a meeting of the full council in Lochgilphead on Tuesday, April 19.

A similar recommendation has been made in respect of all ten primary schools still under threat - Toward, Luss, Achaleven, Ardchattan, Ashfield, Minard, Rhunaharoine, Clachan, Skipness and North Bute – dashing hopes that the views expressed at a series of ‘pre-consultation’ meetings last month might themselves be enough to save the threatened schools from the axe.

Bute SNP councillor Robert Macintyre, whose party left Argyll and Bute’s ruling coalition in November over the issue, said: “It’s a scandal that the council still wants to shut North Bute – that’s all that can be said.”

Parents and members of the local community spoke up in support of the school on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Tuesday.

Presenter Hayley Miller spent the morning in the village canvassing the opinons of the school’s supporters as well as seeking the political parties’ views on general education issues in the forthcoming Scottish Parliament election.