Kirkriggs parents now have to play the waiting game
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