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Chief Executive, East Dunbartonshire Council: Save Scotland's only Arts and Crafts Garden Suburb

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A letter was sent out by Councillor Vaughan Moody to every member of the community, to say the Westerton Village Hall and Green site was 'off the table' and would not become a super school. We all breathed a sigh of relief.

We thought we had won, celebrated one hundred years in April and discovered in June that the council ignored the wishes of their constituency and put the Village Hall and Green back on the chopping block, despite the fact that the majority of the community were against buliding on the site. A new consultation has been launched which does not include provision to keep our village schools as is, and highlights the Village Hall, Library and Green as one of three options for an over 500 pupil super school on its site.

In addition, the council has embraced discriminatory practice which does not appear to comply with its own equalities and human rights policy,  excluding a large proportion of the community who would be affected by these proposals from their new consultation process. The council made a 'judgement call', identified 'stakeholders' and sent only these select few forms. What about everyone else? 

The fight to save Westerton Garden Suburb and village schools continues. Please write to East Dunbartonshire Council to express your opinion on this matter at :

 To fill in the  'consultation' form please go to

the form needs to be filled in by everyone, regardless of whether you have kids at the school or not.  Let them know that as a member of the local community you have a basic human right to be included equally in the consultation report.  




On its 100th anniversary, plans are afoot to destroy Westerton, a small historic village in East Dunbartonshire, the only one of its kind in Scotland. East Dunbartonshire Council are proposing to build a super school on the site of the old village hall and surrounding green space, land that was transferred by the people of Westerton to the council in the mid-1900s.

We are shocked by the councils indifference to preserving this unique piece of Scotland's cultural heritage and industrial history. Westerton Garden Suburb was built in 1913 in the Arts and Crafts style for workers, giving ordinary people the opportunity to enjoy living in a beautifully designed co-operatively run community.

The proposed super school will have the capacity for 500 pupils and sit smack in the middle of this unique village. The new build will overshadow and dominate the village scape of Westerton and will take away one of the village's last remaining shared green spaces, as well as put at risk its library, nursery, village hall and home for vulnerable families. The roads and lane networks, designed to accommodate light traffic, will be jam packed. This is not sustainable. We will witness the slow disintegration of the village, damage to the roads, the lanes, the houses and the community as a whole.

We demand that the council rethink its position on the proposed super school, refurbish the existing school or build a new one of the same size on the existing school site to maintain quality education in a village environment and show greater respect for Scotland's heritage and the principles on which the garden suburb was founded.

Save Scotland's heritage. Save our school. Save our village. Save our community. 

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