Save Abronhill High School campaigners express their “immense disappointment” at North Lanarkshire Council report which says anti-closure alternatives are “not viable”
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:55 GMT on Tuesday 15th January, 2013.
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ABRONHILL High School campaigners have hit back at a report published by North Lanarkshire Council’s Learning and Leisure Services which says that no alternatives to council proposals to amalgamate Abronhill and Cumbernauld High Schools are “viable”.
The Save Abronhill High School Working Group, the main organisational group behind the Walk to Win marches and community petitioning have expressed their “immense disappointment” at the report, which was published at 11am today.
Although the report contains no direct recommendations, it is believed that the recommendations will follow in the language used in today’s report, suggesting that the closure of Abronhill High School is all but signed and sealed.
After considering the Consultation Report published today by North Lanarkshire Council, the Save AHS Working Group expresses its immense disappointment and frustration at the tone taken therein,” said Paul Baird, a spokesman for the Working Group.
“It is clear that an absolute majority of the community is vehemently opposed to these proposals and, indeed, North Lanarkshire Council acknowledge the response as 'unprecedented' in the Report and that the concerns raised by the local communities are 'justified'.
“Similarly, and quite strikingly, HMIe have also expressed their opposition to asserted educational viability of these plans and question the overall benefits they will provide for school pupils, if any at all.
“In short, if these plans are eventually approved it will yet again demonstrates the complete contempt in which Abronhill is held by North Lanarkshire Council. We will continue to do everything within our power to block this proposal, should it be approved.”
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