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Council Blasted


02/07/15


A leading councillor blasted North Lanarkshire Council after education bosses scrapped plans to upgrade rundown primary schools and nurseries in Newmains and Morningside.


Councillor Robert McKendrick hit out only weeks after the local authority announced their plans to spend £10million on the five secondary schools in Motherwell.

He was disappointed with the way the situation has been handled.

Councillor McKendrick added: “Our children being taught in these outdated buildings is completely unacceptable.

“Morningside Primary School now has huts for an ever-increasing number of pupils plus recent sewerage issues with ancient broken pipes under the playground.

“St Brigid’s has had huts for over 40 years. That is shocking to say the least.

“Added to this, all of the pupils at Newmains Primary, including the P1 and P2 children, need to leave the main school building and walk 100 yards to their gym and dinner hall in all kinds of weather.

“That is scandalous, absolutely scandalous.”


Councillor McKendrick said he had regular discussions with council officials and was continually told that the report, which was drawn up in 2014, would be back on the agenda and the new schools would be built.

He added: “Unfortunately this is not the case any more.”

Parents were also concerned when they heard about the U-turn.

Lesley Angus’ six-year-old son Ewan is a pupil at Morningside Primary.

She said: “Our school is in desperate needs of some TLC. Things are very rundown and some equipment needs to be updated.

“However, personally I think that’s all it needs. I don’t want them to knock it down and build a new ‘super’ merger school . We want to keep the school in the community.

“There is no need for them to spend millions creating a new school when they could just share a fraction of the money on the three schools in the area. It just seems like a waste of money to me.”


A spokesman for Learning and Leisure Services said: ”Our major school investment programmes have over recent years delivered approximately £350m investment into upgrading 47 schools and community facilities for local communities across 27 sites in North Lanarkshire.

“Phase two of our Schools and Centres 21 programme is well underway and will see £160m being spent on new school and community facilities including the new Clyde Valley Campus in Wishaw.

“Clearly we are keen to continue to build on these successes, but resources are limited.

“That’s why we are actively lobbying the Scottish Government to make more capital funding available so we can begin to draw up plans for the next round of investment priorities which, subject to our strategic schools estate review, may include a new school for Newmains and Morningside’