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Councillors vote to close schools


The closures have provoked widespread anger

Councillors in Glasgow have voted to close 11 of the city's schools and nine nurseries, despite parents' opposition.

A recommendation was made a week ago to keep one primary and two nurseries open, which councillors have agreed on.

But they decided another 20 closures would go ahead, to tackle falling school rolls and crumbling buildings.

The proposals provoked widespread anger from some parents and community groups, who believe they will have a negative impact on pupils' education.

Parents and campaigners, who have already held a series of protests, gathered outside the city chambers ahead of the vote.

The council has said previously that the closures were not about making savings.

The original plans were expected to have made savings of up to £3.7m per year. However, the council said it planned to re-invest about £5m.

The authority, which carried out a public consultation on the plans, said the proposal was drawn up after a "city-wide assessment" .

Last week the council announced that, following the consultation process, it would retain Ruchill Primary School and Autism Unit, Shawbridge Nursery and Nithsdale Road Nursery.

Earlier this month more than a dozen people staged a sit-in at Wyndford Primary and St Gregory's Primary in Maryhill which lasted almost two weeks.

Pupils at Our Lady of the Assumption Primary in Maryhill were sent home on 20 April after four parents staged a demonstration on the roof of the school.

It came as protestors occupied Victoria Primary in the city's south side, with some chaining themselves to railings.

Marches have taken place against the closures, and protestors have regularly gathered outside council offices to voice their concerns.

Campaigners who had waited outside the meeting all day said they would take legal advice about how best to fight on.

Establishment Receiving establishment Merged establishment Recommendation
Sighthill Primary Royston Primary Royston Primary Closing
St Gilbert's Primary St Philomena's Primary St Philomena's Primary Closing
Barmulloch Primary St Gilbert's Primary Barmulloch Primary Relocating
Victoria Primary Annette St. Primary/ Cuthbertson Primary Annette St. Primary/ Cuthbertson Primary Closing
Bellahouston Primary Ibrox Primary Ibrox Primary Closing
Albert Primary Elmvale Primary Elmvale Primary Closing
St Agnes' Primary St Blane's Primary St Blane's Primary Closing
St Aloysius' Primary St Stephen's Primary St Stephen's Primary Closing
St Gregory's Primary St Mary's Primary St Mary's Primary Closing
Wyndford Primary Parkview Primary Parkview Primary Closing
St James' Primary Alexandra Parade Primary Alexandra Parade Primary Closing
Ruchill Primary Westercommon Primary Westercommon Primary Remaining open
Our Lady of the Assumption Primary St Cuthbert's Primary St Cuthbert's Primary Closing
Shawbridge Nursery Pollokshaws Day Nursery Pollokshaws Day Nursery Remaining open
Kinning Park Nursery Festival Park Nursery Festival Park Nursery Closing
Merrylee Nursery Class Holmlea Day Nursery Holmlea Day Nursery Closing
Mile End Nursery Bridgeton FLC Bridgeton FLC Closing
Garscube Nursery Cowcaddens Day Nursery Cowcaddens Day Nursery Closing
Craigielea Nursery/Broompark Day Nursery St Denis' Primary New Early Years' Centre Both closing
Anderston Nursery Class Anderson St. Nursery Anderson St. Nursery Closing
Queen Mary St. Nursery London Road Nursery London Road Nursery Closing
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 Newark: closing
Nithsdale: remaining open
Pollokshields: relocating
Source: Glasgow City Council

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