Following a meeting of Argyll and Bute Council on 23 May, two options for the future provision of primary and pre-5 education in the Dunoon and Kirn areas have been shortlisted for further investigation and public consultation.
The two options the council has chosen to take forward for public consultation are:
- Dunoon Primary and Kirn Primary schools to be substantially rebuilt on their existing sites with St Mun’s Primary School and the Clyde Cottage Nursery being refurbished. All of the schools would meet Grade A condition and suitability standards
- The construction of a new shared campus and pre-5 provision accommodating the Dunoon, Kirn and St Mun’s primary schools, and the Clyde Cottage nursery, on the site of the existing St Mun’s Primary School, the existing Dunoon library site, part of the Dolphin Hall grounds and the Rose Garden site
Lead Councillor for Education Richard Trail said
‘Councillors have been listening carefully to parents and other members of the community, and either of the two options chosen for further investigation could offer a satisfactory solution for primary and pre-5 education in Dunoon. When more information on the identified sites is available, the council will consult widely with the whole community, to ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute to the final decision. We want to make sure that the consultation is as transparent and inclusive as possible and hope that the local communities will welcome that and want to get involved. ’
In order to gain more detailed information on the options, site investigation work will be commencing shortly at St Mun’s Primary School.
When more information is available a process of public consultation will begin, during which the relevant options, costs and additional factors will be publicised widely and the whole community will be invited to respond.
The anticipated timetable for development will see further investigation into the two identified sites completed by the end of July 2013. The council will consider that information at its August meeting, and public consultation will take place in September 2013. The results of the consultation will be collated in October, and a final decision will be made at a council meeting in November 2013.