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

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Chief Executive
Chief Executive
Director of Community Services
John Simmons
Director of Development and Infrastructure
Derek Cunnigham
Director of corporate and customer services
Diane Campbell

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

    1. Alison Stirling
    2. Petition by

      Alison Stirling

      Glasgow, United Kingdom

NEWS UPDATE

WESTERTON GARDEN SUBURB IS AGAIN UNDER THREAT.

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 :

primaryimprovement@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

 To fill in the  'consultation' form please go to 

www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/content/education_and_learning/schools/primary_school_imp_programme/further_informal_consultatio/colquhoun_park

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.  

EQUAL RIGHTS = EQUAL SAY

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT!

 

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. 

To:
Chief Executive, Chief Executive
John Simmons, Director of Community Services
Derek Cunnigham, Director of Development and Infrastructure
Diane Campbell, Director of corporate and customer services
Save Scotland's only Arts and Crafts Garden Suburb

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Keep on keeping on

      Alison Stirling
      Petition Organizer

      255 signatures and rising! 500 by the end of the weekend? Thank you for your support

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Keep our school where it is

      Alison Stirling
      Petition Organizer

      An integral part of the village is its school. If this school is shut down it will be a disaster for the village and the wider community. It is important within this campaign that we stress the village is the houses, the school, the hall, the library, the nursery and the playing fields. Save our school, our village, our community. One hundred more years. Thank you for your support. We are 137 strong, lets make it 1000 before february 4 th. Keep on spreading the word.

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    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • A Concannon LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      This is an important part of Scotland's architectural heritage - particularly when the arts and crafts movement was so strong in Scotland. It should be protected - not just the buildings, but the way of life and the principles it was built to embody.

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    • Shonaigh Mudie UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Community is more important than ever in the digital age

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    • irene fickling GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      son attends school

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    • callum fickling GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      used to attend school

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    • iain taylor GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      I went to Westerton primary school and my parents own a house nearby, westerton primary and the village area are vital to the community cohesion.

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