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MSP's disappointment at nursery closure

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Saturday, June 25th, 2011.

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FOLLOWING a long consultation period the decision the announcement has finally came down that Abronhill Nursery will close. The decision, however, was feared and fiercely fought by community activists and politicians alike.
After the decision was announced Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn, expressed his disappointment at the decision.
Mr Hepburn had worked closely with the local community to oppose the Council’s plans, all throughout the campaign, and then the plans were ‘called in’ for review, by the Scottish Government, in April 2011. 

After reviewing the Council’s decision-making process, the Government confirmed that the Council is entitled to press ahead with the planned closure, and the sad announcement was made in a letter, from Jonathan Moore, Head of School Infrastructure Unit.

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Commenting, Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “I cannot pretend that this is anything other than a massive disappointment to all those – including myself, and Councillors Tom Johnston and Liz Irvine – who had hoped that Abronhill Nursery might be saved from closure. 

“This is just the latest in a long line of school and nursery closures in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth pushed through by North Lanarkshire Labour, and I fear it will not be the last. 

“Two nurseries in Abronhill have now been closed, and with house building plans in the area, this could lead to future pressure on classroom places. 

“I’ll continue to work with the community in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth to defend our schools and the importance of local education establishments.”

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