Glentrool school agreement signed

PLANS for the community to take over the management of the former Glentrool Primary School became reality on Tuesday with the signing of a management agreement between Glentrool and Bargrennan Community Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Since the closure of the primary school in June 2010 the building has been run as a community facility by the council’s Community Learning and Development Service until the community reached the point where they were ready to manage and operate the building.

The Trust has now entered into a partnership agreement with Dumfries and Galloway Council to manage the building on behalf of the community of Glentrool and Bargrennan and is responsible for the bookings and day to day running of the facility.

The agreement represents the culmination of several years work between the community, the Forestry Commission and Dumfries and Galloway Council and is the first step towards community ownership of the facility in the long term. The Trust has ambitious plans to refurbish and develop the facility as a community venue for events and activities and hopes to take advantage of their location in the UK’s first Dark Skies Park.

Meta Maltman, Chair of Glentrool and Bargrennan Community Trust, said, “Signing the management agreement is an important step forward in our plans to develop the school building for the benefit of our community. This is a challenging project, but one that we hope will create new social and recreational opportunities for Glentrool and Bargrennan residents.”

Information on who to contact regarding bookings and availability will be issued by the Trust shortly.