Dumbarton community fight plans for new school in a Dumbarton park

May 17 2013 by Amanda Graham, Lennox Herald

Two community groups are to launch a campaign in a bid to halt plans to construct a new secondary school in a Dumbarton park.
Dumbarton East and Central and Silverton and Overtoun community councils are opposed to proposals to build the new Our Lady and St Patrick’s High at the town’s Posties Park.
The Lennox Herald revealed last week that the parkland was West Dunbartonshire Council’s preferred site for the school and was also being mooted as a location for one of two 90-bed care homes proposed by the local authority.

But the two community organisations are against the move and have joined forces to launch a campaign to save Posties Park. They insist that the park was gifted to the people of the area and should not be developed.And they have appealed for anyone else who is opposed to the plans to join their fight.

In a joint statement issued last week they said: “Both community councils are very much against the council’s recommendation that Posties Park be considered as the site of the new Our Lady and St Patrick’s or indeed that this site be used for any purpose other than its current one.

“Posties Park is a retained open space in the adopted Local Plan and we are disappointed that the council and councillors would even consider using it for any other purpose. “It was donated to the people of Dumbarton by McMillan and Denny, local shipbuilders who had jointly purchased the land.

“We would ask all who disagree with this proposed use of Posties Park for a school, care home or any other similar purpose to support us in our efforts by joining our ‘Save Posties Park’ campaign which we will be launching shortly.”

Contact Sheila Urquhart via at secretarydeccc@googlemail.com or Rose Harvie at rose@kosmoid.fsnet.co.uk

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