Community invited to meeting in fight to save Busby Primary School playing fields

Efforts are continuing to block plans to build a nursery on Busby Primary School playing fields.
Efforts are continuing to block plans to build a nursery on Busby Primary School playing fields.

Campaigners fighting to save Busby Primary School’s playing fields will continue their efforts tonight (Wednesday, January 9) at a community meeting.

The meeting will be held at Duff Hall, Busby, from 6.30pm, when parents, children, residents and greenspace supporters from across the Busby community are expected to come together to continue their fight against East Renfrewshire Council’s plans to build a 120-place nursery and 55-space car park on Busby Primary School’s playing fields.

The council’s planning application for the new nursery is due to go before its planning committee next Wednesday, January 16.

Hosted by Busby Community Council and ‘Save Busby Primary Playing Fields’ action group, the Busby community is aiming to present a united front to make its concerns known to the council about its plans to build on the only greenspace at Busby Primary.

The Scottish Parliament’s presiding officer and West Scotland MSP, The Rt Hon Ken Macintosh, is a Busby Primary School parent and is backing the efforts of the campaigners.

He said: “To hear we might now lose the entire field has provoked real anxiety and some anger in the local community.

“There is simply not enough outdoor space for the pupils already at Busby Primary and the field is used throughout the year by the pupils and teachers.”

Busby Primary School Parent Council, which has sent its own objection in to ERC on behalf of all Busby Primary parents against the nursery build, will be at tonight’s meeting, along with local councillors David McDonald, Stewart Miller

and Jim McLean, to listen to the many concerns of the local Busby Community.

An action group spokesman said: “All are welcome to attend the meeting to help save Busby Primary School Playing Fields for the current 300 children at the school and for future generations of Busby school children.”