Kirkriggs par­ents now have to play the wait­ing game

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

It’s crunch time for chil­dren and par­ents of Kirkriggs Pri­mary.

For the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod has ended over con­tro­ver­sial plans to move pupils from the Castlemilk school for chil­dren with ad­di­tional sup­port needs to To­ry­glen Pri­mary.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil will now col­late all re­sponses to the con­sul­ta­tion and of­fi­cers will com­pile a re­port.

When com­plete, the re­port will go be­fore coun­cil­lors on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to give a de­ci­sion.

Par­ents have been cam­paign­ing against the planned shift and have had over 2000 peo­ple sign a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the move.

“We are still fight­ing to halt this in­sane move,” said Karen McCam­bridge, whose son James is a Kirkriggs pupil.

“Af­ter dis­cus­sion with the city coun­cil, they of­fered us four ex­tra class­rooms at To­ry­glen.

“But that still doesn’t meet our needs,” added mum-of-two Karen.

“There is no sen­sory room, no wet room or a time- out room. Th­ese are all vi­tal to our chil­dren.”

“To­ry­glen is not fit for pur­pose – in fact some el­e­ments of it are down­right dan­ger­ous. And it will cost a mas­sive amount of money to mod­ify and up­grade it.”

Karen ( 37), also be­lieves the of­fer of ex­tra class­rooms has an­gered To­ry­glen Pri­mary par­ents.

“They are now be­ing asked to give up half of their school to us and I can imag­ine they are not too happy about that,” she added.

And Karen in­sists Kirkriggs par­ents have al­ways said any move to a school with proper fa­cil­i­ties would be con­sid­ered.

“But the coun­cil has never of­fered any al­ter­na­tive to the To­ry­glen move,” she added.

Par­ents are now seek­ing le­gal ad­vice over the sit­u­a­tion.

She said: “Things are not what Glas­gow City Coun­cil promised us. Some of­fers to bring things up to stan­dard were made ver­bally; but we need it down in black and white.”

Karen says the un­cer­tainty of the sit­u­a­tion has ru­ined Christ­mas for ev­ery­one at Kirkriggs.

“We haven’t been able to fo­cus on pro­vid­ing a good time for our fam­i­lies be­cause of what has been go­ing on – and it is so un­set­tling for the chil­dren.”

A spokes­woman for Glas­gow City Coun­cil said it would now take its time to look at the re­sponses.

“There has been a huge amount of in­ter­est in the con­sul­ta­tion.

“We will take some time to con­sider ev­ery­one’s view­point; but at the end of the day it will be about what is best for the chil­dren in­volved,” she said.

The spokes­woman was also keen to re­as­sure par­ents that no de­ci­sion had al­ready been made.

“The rea­son we have con­sul­ta­tion is to give ev­ery­one their say and the out­come will come on the back of that process. Noth­ing has been de­cided yet.

“Par­ents will also get at least three weeks’no­tice to look at the re­port be­fore it goes in front of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee,” she added.

To­ry­glen is not fit for pur­pose - in fact some el­e­ments of it are down­right dan­ger­ous

No go Karen McCam­bridge, daugh­ter Holly and son James show what they think of plans to move Kirkriggs pupils out of their school to To­ry­glen Pri­mary

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