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Calder Primary to close; Abronhill high could know its fate soon

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:24 GMT on Friday, 12th April, 2013.
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CUMBERNAULD’S Abronhill high school could know its fate soon with the Scottish Government announcing, today, that they conditionally approve the closure of Calder Primary School, in Motherwell.

Consulted upon at the same time as the council’s proposals to rationalise Abronhill high school and its Cumbernauld counterpart, Calder Primary campaigners have often stood together with Abronhill high campaigners, in defence of each other’s’ campaigns. 

However, today the Scottish Government announced conditional approval of North Lanarkshire Council’s plans to close Calder Primary School and Nursery Class at the end of this year’s session.

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Commenting, a Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Scottish Ministers are content that North Lanarkshire Council has fulfilled its obligations under the 2010 Act and grant consent, subject to the condition, to the closure of Calder Primary School and Nursery Class at the end of session 2012/13 and the other associated proposals.”

The Scottish Government, however, have declared that the local authority must “ensure” Muir Street Primary School adaption work is undertaken “in time” for next year’s session. 

“North Lanarkshire Council shall ensure that the adaptation work detailed in the Consultation Report to upgrade Muir Street Primary School is complete in time for the new school session of 2013/14,” the condition reads.

The timing of the Government’s announcement falls just one week before the one month anniversary of the Scottish Government calling in both council proposals – suggesting that the fate of Abronhill High School could be known soon. 

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