Hall­side plans to ex­pand

Need is grow­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have sub­mit­ted plans to ex­tend Hall­side Pri­mary in Cam­bus­lang.

The pro­pos­als were lodged with the au­thor­ity’s own plan­ning of­fi­cers ear­lier this month.

If the plans get the go ahead, Hall­side will have 14 classes.

Hall­side had pre­vi­ously faced pres­sure from an in­creas­ing pupil roll.

But changes to the catch­ment zone, as well as the con­struc­tion of Park View Pri­mary, have seen the num­bers of pupils at the school de­crease steadily over the past few years.

An­other new school in New­ton is set to open next year.

In the past six years, the roll has de­creased by over 17 per cent and will fall again next year.

Part of the plans in­cludes the de­mo­li­tion of a stor­age area to the south of the main build­ing. Any new ex­ten­sion would be two storey’s high.

Lynn Sherry, head of ed­u­ca­tion, said: “This pro­posal is for the fi­nal re­fur­bish­ment and ex­ten­sion of Hall­side Pri­mary School. The main build­ing will be fully re­fur­bished in­ter­nally and new cladding de­signed and fit­ted to the ex­ist­ing roof struc­ture profile. A planned two-storey ex­ten­sion will pro­vide five class­rooms, var­i­ous stores and other an­cil­lary ac­com­mo­da­tion, re­mov­ing the need for the mo­du­lar ac­com­mo­da­tion cur­rently on site.

“The cur­rent pupil roll is 455 and the 2014/15 roll was 480 (as at cen­sus date Septem­ber 2014). The es­ti­mated pupil roll for the com­ing school year (Au­gust 2016) is 428.”

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