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Abronhill High could be saved as Scottish Government call-in council's closure plans following "considerable" representation

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:43 GMT on Tuesday 19th March, 2013.
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ABRONHILL High School could have been saved today after the Scottish Government announced that it was to call-in the council’s decision to close the high school, next year. 

In their letter to the council, the Scottish Government recognise that “A considerable number of representations were received”, adding that: “…after careful consideration of the information provided by those representations and the information provided by your Council, the Scottish Ministers have concluded that there are grounds on which to call-in the decision under sections 17(2)(a) and 17(2)(b) of the 2010 Act.”

The Government’s announcement was treated with jubilation by campaigners who have been fighting to save their area’s high school, since September. 

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“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.

In their letter to North Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Government demands that certain points be investigated, including the idea 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.”

The Scottish Government has also called in the authority’s plans to close Calder Primary School and Nursery Class.

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