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School closure plan moves forward

Dozens of people protested against the closure
Dozens of people protested against the closure plans

A consultation is to go-ahead on plans by Glasgow City Council which could see the closure of 13 primary schools and 12 nurseries.

Dozens of people took part in a protest outside the City Chambers on Thursday as a special meeting of the full council approved the move.

A six week consultation, involving parents, staff and unions will go-ahead from Monday.

A final decision, taken by the full council, is expected by 23 April.

A council spokesman said: "In the past, when the council has closed schools it has built new ones, but in the current global financial climate it cannot afford to build new schools and nurseries, and can no longer use public private partnerships.

"Education officials have now carried out a city-wide assessment of potential mergers based on criteria such as educational benefit, building capacity and occupancy, transport arrangements and the wider community impact.

"The statutory consultation period for these proposals is four weeks. However, the council is extending this to six weeks to ensure interested parties have a chance to make their views known.

"The consultation period, which will include public meetings at each of the schools and nurseries involved, will begin on Monday, 2 February."

Speaking after the meeting, SNP Councillor Patricia Gibson, said: "The administration is not alone in recognising the need for change, but they are alone in their desire to rush headlong into an ill-conceived and wrongheaded solution.

"We want to see change on the basis of local need and not through budgetary pressures.

"By pushing on with their timetable regardless of public concern Labour is riding roughshod over the concerns of many of those with an interest in primary and nursery education in Glasgow."

Establishment Receiving establishment Merged establishment Saving (full year)
Sighthill Primary Royston Primary Royston Primary 186,372
St Gilbert's Primary St Philomena's Primary St Philomena's Primary 238,287
Barmulloch Primary St Gilbert's Primary Barmulloch Primary As above
Victoria Primary Annette St. Primary/ Cuthbertson Primary Annette St. Primary/ Cuthbertson Primary 207,721
Bellahouston Primary Ibrox Primary Ibrox Primary 194,999
Albert Primary Elmvale Primary Elmvale Primary 241,380
St Agnes' Primary St Blane's Primary St Blane's Primary 186,140
St Aloysius' Primary St Stephen's Primary St Stephen's Primary 198,845
St Gregory's Primary St Mary's Primary St Mary's Primary 234,498
Wyndford Primary Parkview Primary Parkview Primary 219,082
St James' Primary Alexandra Parade Primary Alexandra Parade Primary 208,698
Ruchill Primary Westercommon Primary Westercommon Primary 226,601
Our Lady of the Assumption Primary St Cuthbert's Primary St Cuthbert's Primary 165,281
Shawbridge Nursery Pollokshaws Day Nursery Pollokshaws Day Nursery 180,652
Kinning Park Nursery Festival Park Nursery Festival Park Nursery 70,860
Merrylee Nursery Class Holmlea Day Nursery Holmlea Day Nursery 32,445
Mile End Nursery Bridgeton FLC Bridgeton FLC 111,161
Garscube Nursery Cowcaddens Day Nursery Cowcaddens Day Nursery 72,535
Craigielea Nursery/Broompark Day Nursery St Denis' Primary New Early Years' Centre 255,230
Anderston Nursery Class Anderson St. Nursery Anderson St. Nursery 77,184
Queen Mary St. Nursery London Road Nursery London Road Nursery 244,067
Newark Dr. Nursery/Nithsdale Rd. Nursery/ Pollokshields Nursery Class New Early Years' Centre in Pollokshields Primary Anxe New Early Years' Centre in Pollokshields Primary Anxe 169,721
Source: Glasgow City Council

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