Go-ahead given for a new primary school at Newton
Plans for a new primary school to be built in Newton have been given the go-ahead.
South Lanarkshire Council (yesterday) Tuesday gave the green light to a new school, nursery and community facility, along with a floodlit 3G pitch, on land to the north of Harvester Avenue in Cambuslang.
Located to the north- west of Newton, the nondenominational primary school will comprise one and two storeys, housing 14 classrooms.
The building will also accommodate a dining hall, gym, staff room and plant facility.
South Lanarkshire Council’s Head of Education, Lynn Sherry, said: “The plans to build a new school serving the local community of Newton is further evidence of the investment the council have made in education.
“Over £850m has been spent on providing children and teachers with new school buildings which provide excellent learning environments able to deliver curriculum for excellence.
“We are sure the local community will welcome the plans to create a new school.”
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.
It was initially set to open in time for the 2016/17 school year, but the opening date has been pushed back to August 2017.
As part of the overall master plan for the Newton community growth area, a community pitch will also be built, suitable for both football and rugby.
The news was welcomed by chair of Halfway Community Council, John Edgar, but he warned what the area really needed was a secondary school.
He said: “We asked for a secondary school to be included in the plans. It could have been built on the same campus.
“We have got to get another school built here and it is disappointing our community money has gone to improve Uddingston Grammar rather than being used here.”
The last completely new school to be created in Cambuslang was Park View Primary, which opened its doors just over two years ago.