Parents urged to voice their views on school rezoning

Councillor Charles Buchan.
Councillor Charles Buchan.

A Broch councillor is urging parents to voice their opinions about the potential rezoning of schools in Fraserburgh.

Speaking to the Herald, Councillor Charles Buchan said that it is important that as many views over the issue of Fraserburgh’s primary schools is heard, the better the Aberdeenshire councillors can canvas for what is desired in the community.

Cllr Buchan said: “I’m delighted to confirm that Aberdeenshire Council is proceeding with ideas to modernise the Fraserburgh town primary schools network.

“Various options have been worked on, ranging from leaving things as they are, changing the zone boundaries and investing money in new buildings and extensions.

“There has been much criticism of some of the existing school provision and zone lines, and the need for educational provision suitable for our children in the 21st century.

“A rezoning exercise must take place so that families are zoned for their nearest school and the opinions of parents must be heard.

“Our schools should be fit for purpose.”

He added that there will be a public meeting in the Broch in early March.

While the date and location of the meeting has yet to be finalised, Cllr Buchan said that at the meeting there will be “various options will be discussed and opinions sought from the residents of Fraserburgh about where zone boundaries need to be changed and where investment in the school estate is needed.

“I urge as many residents of Fraserburgh to attend as possible.

“The decisions to be made will have a long lasting effect on Fraserburgh, and probably will take some years to take effect, affecting not so much some older pupils, but it will affect future generations of Brochers.”