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“council’s real motive is to privatise the magnificent campus for a quick profit from upmarket housebuilders.”
SNP Group’s learning and leisure spokesman Tom Johnston said: “The Education Scotland report points to an unprecedented 4000 written responses, with almost all very strongly against the proposal.
“I met parents at Our Lady’s last week. Quite clearly the council’s real motive is to privatise the magnificent campus for a quick profit from upmarket housebuilders. The children will then be moved to the toxic site which no builder will touch with a bargepole.
“This is the same money-making morality we saw in the Highland Clearances, when families were forced out to make way for more profitable sheep farming. Strange to see a Lanarkshire Labour education convener in a similar role to the Duke of Sutherland.”
“Children will then be moved to the toxic site which no builder will touch with a bargepole.”
Council chiefs are moving ahead with plans to merge two schools even though outcry over the proposals continues to grow.
A senior SNP figure claimed the authority’s Labour rulers were taking local education back to the era of the Highland Clearances by merging Our Lady’s High and Taylor High Schools and branded the planned site at Ravenscraig ‘toxic’.
North Lanarkshire Council and Education Scotland both published reports on the responses to their consultation process on the proposed merger.
Council Goes Ahead With School Merger
SNP: Move is back to ‘the Clearances'
“It’s understandable people are protective and proud of their own schools.”
NLC Learning and Leisure boss Councillor Jim Logue, said: “As part of the schools modernisation process we have merged six secondary schools and in all of these consultations, there were similar concerns expressed.
“It’s understandable people are protective and proud of their own schools. However, this is about providing current and future generations of pupils with first-class facilities appropriate to the needs of the modern curriculum.
“In addition, I firmly believe our proposals will bring lasting benefits to the wider community in Motherwell.”
The report will be discussed and voted on at a special meeting of the Learning and Leisure Services Committee on September 10.
The Nationalists have also asked how creating a huge school with a roll of 1500 helps individual pupils, and how 10 teachers and 40 classrooms lost constitute an improvement.
“I have visited both schools and their spacious sports areas. Clearly the answer is refurbishment. The traditions of these two denominational communities should be respected,” added Councillor Johnston.
The Diocese of Motherwell, which had previously been critical of the plans, had no new comment at this stage.
UPDATED: Plans Have Been Shelved