Rural Commission told parents no longer trust Argyll council on school closures

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rural-commission-meeting-06_a16minard01EMOTIONS were running high in Lochgilphead on Tuesday, March 6 2012,  as parents accused the local authority of lying over the recent Argyll school closure consultation.

At a meeting of the Rural Commission on Education parents from across Argyll said they no longer trusted Argyll and Bute Council to act in the best interests of their children.

Asked by commission chairman Sheriff David Sutherland what went wrong with the school closure consultation process , members of the audience shouted  ‘we were lied to’,  whilst others said the process was  ‘motivated by an obsessive desire to save money’.

Parents of children in Ashfield, Roseneath, Minard, Luss, North Bute, and Clachan primary schools all refuted the notion children in small schools were disadvantaged because they had fewer peers.

To read the full report from the meeting see the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 9 2012 or on line at