Proposals to permanently close Buchanan Primary School will go to the public.

Plans to close the mothballed school will be put to a public consultation following a decision made at Tuesday’s (8 June) Children and Young People Committee meeting.

Buchanan Primary School has been mothballed since January 2018 following a steady fall in enrolment over the previous five school sessions, with zero children enrolled at the school in October 2017.

The catchment area to neighbouring Drymen Primary School has been extended to include the catchment area of Buchanan Primary with all pupils either now settled at Drymen or at other local schools by placing request.

The consultation, which will run early next session, will involve meetings with local community groups, Drymen Parent Council, staff at Drymen Primary and Croftamie Nursery and pupils of Drymen Primary and Balfron High School. The Chief Education Officer will hold a public meeting to gauge views of stakeholders at a future date with a final outcome to be decided in February 2022.

Convenor of the Children and Young People’s Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “This is a sensible decision to consult with stakeholders on the option of permanent closure of Buchanan Primary following three and a half years of being inactive.

“It is right that all options are considered throughout this process, which take the views of residents, staff and pupils into account which responds to wishes of the local community.”

Vice Convenor, Cllr Christine Simpson said: “I welcome this decision reached by the Committee and the proposal to engage with local stakeholders on the issue of the permanent closure of Buchanan Primary School.“