Com­mu­nity coun­cil sug­gests school sites

Cam­paign con­tin­ues

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil have iden­ti­fied three po­ten­tial sites for a new sec­ondary school in the area.

The group have cam­paigned for a new fa­cil­ity in the Cam­bus­lang East ward after an in­crease in pop­u­la­tion caused by new hous­ing.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have so far re­sisted any calls, but com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors last week said they were not go­ing to stop the fight.

At a meet­ing of the coun­cil, po­ten­tial sites were pro­posed in­clud­ing the old Dal­ton School site near Dech­mont, the old Hall­side steel­works near New­ton and the Wel­fare site off Mill Road.

The group also re­ceived sup­port from Coun­cil­lor Walter Bro­gan who told the meet­ing: “The sooner we get one, the bet­ter.”

Sec­re­tary Jackie Rinn told the meet­ing they had in­vited ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary John Swin­ney to the meet­ing but had not re­ceived a re­sponse. She saidthey will in­vite him to their next meet­ing on Novem­ber 16.

Mr Swin­ney had pre­vi­ously in­di­cated his in­ter­est in the case for a Half­way school after it was raised with him by Clare Haughey MSP.

How­ever, Coun­cil­lor Bro­gan told the meet­ing: “It’s not a ques­tion of land, it’s not a ques­tion of money and it’s not a ques­tion of Mr Swin­ney - it’s a ques­tion of how much we fight for it.”

Ms Rinn said she be­lieved the Dal­ton land was zoned for ed­u­ca­tion but said the Wel­fare site would be ideal.

How­ever, there was also sup­port for the New­ton site given the num­ber of new houses be­ing built there and the avail­abil­ity of land which could sup­port a larger net­work of fa­cil­i­ties.

A new pri­mary school is cur­rently be­ing built in New­ton, which is a des­ig­nated com­mu­nity growth area.

Schools out Work is al­ready un­der way on a new pri­mary in New­ton, but res­i­dents say a sec­ondary is needed serv­ing Cam­bus­lang East as well

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