Southend school meeting postponed

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A meeting at which the future of Southend Primary School was to be discussed has been postponed.

The school, which is currently closed due to a lack of pupils, was due to be on the agenda at the first meeting of Argyll and Bute Council’s community services committee on Thursday June 9.

But the meeting had to be cancelled because certification of its members’ suitability for working with vulnerable people couldn’t be completed in time.

The future of the school will instead be discussed at the next community services meeting, scheduled for Thursday August 25.

At a meeting of the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands area committee last week, Councillor John Armour said: ‘I think I am right in saying that at previous community services meetings, this was agreed to come to the June 2022 meeting to go to consultation for closure.

‘Could you enlighten us as to the procedure and where things are going with Southend Primary please?’

Rosie Mackay, the council’s education manager, said: ‘There would be a consultation with regard to mothballing, which one of my colleagues has taken forward. It would be a community consultation open to all.

‘I will need to check whether that has taken place, but it does ask the community with regards to how mothballing will tackle the challenges moving forward.

‘Those opinions will be gathered and put into a report to be taken into consideration, but I will need to get more detail on where we are.’