Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson shows support for rural schools

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Local MSP Finlay Carson has shown his support for retaining Garlieston and Kirkbean Primary Schools amidst fears they may be closed.

In his submissions to the statutory consultation on the closure of both Garlieston and Kirkbean Primary Schools, Carson highlighted the importance of these schools to their communities.

The consultation comes after Dumfries and Galloway Council announced proposals to close three rural schools in the region, Garlieston, Kirkbean and Ae Primary schools.

In his submission, Carson questions what earlier steps the council has taken to ensure the sustainability of the schools, including developing the schools estate as a community hub or integration of early years services.

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“Rural communities across Scotland are under pressure as more and more people move to larger towns and cities. If we want to develop and strengthen rural Scotland we need to put the investment into local services and infrastructure.

“Without a school in Garlieston or Kirkbean young families are much more likely to move from the area, which would have a hugely detrimental effect on these communities.

“I do not believe that Dumfries and Galloway Council have fully explored all of the options open to them to make these schools sustainable.

“I fully support the parents, teachers and local communities of Garlieston and Kirkbean in their efforts to ensure that neither of these fantastic schools close their doors.”