Views sought on new school

PARENTS and residents in the Timmergreens area are being urged not to be left out and have their say on the proposed new £8 million school at Hospitalfield.

Local man Kevin Barthorpe will be addressing the full council meeting next week when councillors will be asked to vote through the plans that would see Timmergreens and Muirfield primaries merge in the new building.

He is eager to hear from people, regardless of whether they are for or against the plans, so he can inform next week’s meeting of how the people of Timmergreens feel about the new school.

And Mr Barthorpe, whose young son would be a pupil of the proposed school, wishes to hear from both parents and residents alike who will both be directly affected by the plans.

He told the Herald: “I’m looking for as many people in the Timmergreens area who are both for and against the school to get in touch.

“The Muirfield Action Group has done a lot of work but we also need the people in Timmergreens to have their say, which is the biggest issue.

“I have my own personal view on this new school but I am willing to take on board other people’s views to make sure we have the right idea of what people are feeling.”

A report which went before the education committee at the beginning of the month saw members give the go ahead for the school which could be completed by August 2013.

The report also must be approved by the full council next week before it progresses to the Scottish Government for final clearance.

And Mr Barthorpe added that even though a new school would primarily affect parents, it is also important that nearby residents also have their say.

He explained: “People might not think that local residents are relevant in this but a new school could affect them and their lifestyle.

“I know there are people against the school but there are also people who think it is a positive.

“That is why it is important that everyone has their say so I can get a balanced view of what people are thinking.”

Anybody wanting to share their views on the proposed new school with Mr Barthorpe can contact him on 07851236796 or email