One school not enough

Claim that more fa­cil­i­ties are re­quired for area

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Plans have been sub­mit­ted for a new pri­mar y school in New­ton but com­mu­nity groups warn the area still needs more fa­cil­i­ties.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have pledged to build a new school serv­ing the com­mu­nity growth area at New­ton Farm where thou­sands of houses are be­ing built.

But the project has al­ready been put back a year, with an open­ing date of Au­gust 2017 now ex­pected.

The plans, which were lodged at the start of this month, show the fa­cil­ity will be built north of Har­vester Road. A full size 3G sports pitch is in­cluded within the pro­posal, as is a smaller MUGA pitch and as­so­ci­ated car park­ing spa­ces.

Con­struc­tion of the school will cost £7.5mil­lion, with the coun­cil con­tribut­ing £3.2m and the rest com­ing from hous­ing de­vel­oper, Tay­lor Wim­pey.

It will even­tu­ally sup­port 14 class­rooms as well as 30 nurs­ery places.

Tay­lor Wim­pey also say they will con­trib­ute £1.9m to a com­mu­nity wing.

How­ever, Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil act­ing chair­per­son John Edgar said this week that one pri­mary school wasn’t enough: “The com­mu­nity coun­cil have al­ways said they should build a sec­ondary school and a pri­mary school.

“It would be ideal to build them both to­gether on the same site, but we’ve been told we won’t be get­ting that. Lind­say Free­land (SLC chief ex­ec­u­tive) has told us they will build on ex­ist­ing schools to in­crease ca­pac­ity if it is needed.

“The peo­ple of New­ton were promised a stand­alone com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity, and we don’t know now if that will all go ahead.”

Lynn Sherry, head of ed­u­ca­tion, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said: “Fol­low­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with de­vel­op­ers, the coun­cil is pleased to con­firm the tar­get con­struc­tion date for the new non­de­nom­i­na­tional pri­mary school for the New­ton Com­mu­nity Growth Area ( CGA) devel­op­ment is early 2016 with a tar­geted com­ple­tion date of Au­gust 2017.

“The new school will pro­vide 14 main­stream classes, four classes for pupils with ad­di­tional sup­port needs ( ASN), gen­eral pur­pose (GP) room, ICT suite and school li­brary, a nurs­ery pro­vid­ing space for 50 three to five year olds and 15 two- year olds ( morn­ing and af­ter­noon pro­vi­sion) plus a commu n i t y fa­cil­ity in­clud­ing a full-sized 3G pitch.

“This pri­mary school will be part of the Ud­dingston Learn­ing Com­mu­nity and Ud­dingston Gram­mar School will be the catch­ment sec­ondary school.

“Cur­rent pupil roll pro­jec­tions in­di­cate that in the medium term, there is suf­fi­cient ca­pac­ity within Ud­dingston Gram­mar for the ex­pected pupil num­bers which are de­pen­dent on the speed of the devel­op­ment and house com­ple­tions.

“A s p a r t of the ne­go­ti­a­tions with the de­vel­oper, a con­tri­bu­tion has been in­cluded to­wards any nec­es­sary adap­ta­tion of Ud­dingston Gram­mar to meet the in­creased pupil roll in the longer term as a re­sult of the New­ton Com­mu­nity Growth Area.”

Site The new New­ton school is set to be built on land near Har­vester Road

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