Go-ahead given for a new pri­mary school at New­ton

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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.

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