Decision details

Luing Primary School

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


A report providing details of a draft proposal for Luing Primary School formulated in accordance with the requirements of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, as amended (the 2010 Act) was considered.




To agree to adopt the draft proposal, as set out in Appendix A, as a “relevant proposal” that is now to proceed to statutory consultation under the 2010 Act.


Moved by Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, seconded by Councillor Daniel Hampsey




The Community Services Committee acknowledges the work of officers in preparing the report set before us today.


We support Option (b) as identified by officers-


“The continued mothballing of Luing Primary School with the pupils zoned to Easdale Primary School”, with the addition of “to be reviewed in one year.”


 The reasons for this are:


I.        After a long decline, Luing’s population is rising. From 220 residents, it dropped to 163 in 2020 and has since increased to 179.

II.        There are initiatives currently in progress on the island which have the potential to encourage regeneration of the area and which will create jobs.

III.        The availability of a local primary school will enhance the chances of people coming to “A place where people want to come to live, work and do business as a result of action to combat and reverse decline.” (Priorities for Argyll and Bute Council 2022-2027, Our Vision.)


Moved by Councillor Audrey Forrest, seconded by Councillor Dougie McFadzean


As the meeting was being held on a hybrid basis, vote was required to be taken by calling the roll and Members voted as follows:


Motion                                    Amendment


Councillor G Corner                        Councillor G Blair

Councillor A Hampsey        Councillor M Campbell-Sturgess

Councillor D Hampsey       Councillor A Forrest

Councillor G Hardie            Councillor D McFadzean

Councillor A Kain                Councillor J McKenzie

Councillor P Kennedy        Councillor I Paterson

Councillor L McCabe

Councillor Y McNeilly

Councillor G Penfold

M Anderson

Reverend S MacPherson


The Motion was carried by 11 votes to 6 and the Committee resolved accordingly.




The Committee agreed to adopt the draft proposal, as set out in Appendix A of the report, as a “relevant proposal” that would now proceed to statutory consultation under the 2010 Act.


(Reference: Report by Executive Director with responsibility for Education dated 16 May 2023 and Proposal Paper – Luing Primary School dated June 2023, submitted)

Publication date: 13/06/2023

Date of decision: 08/06/2023

Decided at meeting: 08/06/2023 - Community Services Committee

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