Campaigners opposing proposals to relocate Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) to the Crichton in Dumfries have organised the event at Locharbriggs Village Hall next Thursday 18th Feb.
A public meeting to discuss the future of the Barony campus at Parkgate will be held next week.
Campaigners opposing proposals to relocate Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to the Crichton in Dumfries have organised the event at Locharbriggs Village Hall next Thursday.
On Friday, the Standard reported that an online petition against the move had gathered more than 1,000 signatures in under a week.
Campaigner Dan Foley said: “The meeting will be an open forum, open to everyone who wants to save the campus, free for everyone to put forward and discuss ideas.
“The management of SRUC need to see that there is serious opposition to their plans, so if you want to keep the Barony Campus in its current location, come along and help us.”
SRUC bosses have refused to rule out the relocation of the Barony to the Crichton University Campus, where they launched a future farming hub last year, in order to “improve facilities” for students and staff.
But local politicians, forestry industry experts and the former principal of Barony College, David Rose, have raised concerns over the future of the agricultural college and its ability to offer the same courses in an urban environment.
Mr Rose said the move “would be a disaster, a tragedy for the agricultural and forestry industries”.
David James, SRUC’s head of education, said: “We are developing our plan for the estate and our preferred option of a move to the Crichton is now being assessed in more detail.
“We are in active dialogue with local partners about education provision in the region and as soon as we have further information our priority will be to speak to the staff and outline our proposal.”
The meeting takes place at Locharbriggs Village Hall, Main Road, Dumfries, on Thursday, February 18, at 7pm.