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Scottish Government call-in Abronhill closure plans

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:23 GMT on Tuesday 19th March, 2013.
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THE Scottish Government has announced its intention to call-in North Lanarkshire Council’s plans to close Abronhill High School, next year.

Announced just moments ago, the Government will now investigate the council’s proposals, and report back with a final decision on the matter.

“Having considered the detail of the consultation documents and representations received, the Scottish Ministers have decided to call-in this school closure proposal for further investigation,” the Scottish Government website reads.

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In their letter to North Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Government demands that certain points be investigated, including the indea that the PE facilities at the existing Cumbernauld High School are inadequate for a school with a roll of around 1000 pupils; that Community Groups which use Abronhill High School after school hours were not consulted about the Council's proposals; and that disabled access in the existing Cumbernauld High School is limited due to there being no lift.

“There is no specified time period for the Scottish Ministers to make a final determination on this case,” the Government’s website adds.

“North Lanarkshire Council cannot implement the closure proposal (either in full or in part) until Scottish Ministers have reached a final decision on the case.”

Cumbernauld Media will have the full story later today.

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