Stirling Council is hosting two online public meetings for residents as part of an ongoing consultation on proposals to permanently close Buchanan Primary School.

The meetings, which will take place on Tuesday 19 October, are an opportunity for the local community and all with an interest in the mothballed primary school to have their views recorded within the public consultation, which launched in September.

The proposals outlined in the consultation, available online via the Engage Stirling platform are as follows:

  • Buchanan PS is permanently closed on 24 June 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Pupils from Buchanan PS catchment area will receive their education at Drymen Primary School from session 2022/23.
  • The catchment area of Drymen PS is permanently extended to include the catchment area of Buchanan PS from 25 June 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Convenor of the Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “I’m glad that an online forum is being held for all interested parties to hear more about the proposed course of action being put forward by the Council regarding the future of Buchanan Primary School as well as alternatives that are also being considered.

“It is right that local residents are offered every opportunity to have their views taken into account as part of the consultation process and the online public meetings allow us to offer a forum that adheres to current Scottish Government public health guidelines. I encourage all who are interested to sign up to attend the virtual sessions.”

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.

Vice Convenor, Cllr Christine Simpson said: “I welcome the online public meetings as an opportunity for further engagement with the consultation process on the future for Buchanan Primary School. The local community within Buchanan who will be affected by the outcome of the consultation should have every chance to make sure their views are heard on this matter.

”These public meetings will enable a two way dialogue between the community and Stirling Council as the details behind the proposal for permanent closure and considered alternatives will be discussed at length.”

The public meetings will be held on 19 October 2021 at 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm and at 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm. If you would like to attend one of the meetings, please contact educ-comments@stirling.gov.uk or telephone 01786 233633.