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Fears over Abronhill Nursery staff cuts as Cumbernauld MSP elicits anger at place cuts

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:37 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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Staffing cut raised concerns, online, over future of Abronhill education as Scottish Government continues to investigate council plans to close Abronhill high. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

THE community of Abronhill rallied online once again after residents were alerted by comments that Abronhill Nursery was to lose a member of staff, in afternoon sessions. 

Comments posted via social networking website Facebook appeared to indicate that Abronhill Nursery, based within Abronhill Primary School, would lose a member of staff, as intake roles appear to show a decrease of enrolment at the nursery appear to be down. 

However, comments appear to suggest that North Lanarkshire Council’s proposals are based on January figures, with most of the figures not finalised until the weeks before classes start.

The announcement was not made any easier when it was revealed that North Lanarkshire Council plans to cut the places available at Abronhill Nursery, a fact which had Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth contacted by a number of concerned constituents.

Cumbernauld’s MSP has since written to North Lanarkshire Council expressing his dismay at their decision; urging North Lanarkshire Council in the strongest terms possible to reconsider this decision and the adverse effect it will have on the community of Abronhill.

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Commenting Mr Hepburn said: “I am appalled at North Lanarkshire Council’s decision to further decimate services for the Abronhill area. Having already closed two purpose built nurseries and proposing to close the high school it would appear that Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and in particular Abronhill is being unfairly targeted by North Lanarkshire Council’s draconian cuts agenda, which is well in excessive of any reduction in the budget settlement received from the Scottish Government.

“Upon visiting North Lanarkshire Council’s website the entire lack of thought which is given to Abronhill in entirely apparent.  Despite having closed Abronhill Nursery School and Cedar Nurse School and cutting the places available at the current Abronhill nursery school, North Lanarkshire Council still provide contact details for both nurseries and sing the praises of the previous services on offer at the now empty purpose built building of the previous incarnation of Abronhill Nursery School.

“Parents of children attending the nursery and the community of Abronhill have every right to be concerned and angry at the measures taken by Labour-led North Lanarkshire Council. The local authority want to close our high schools, drain our school pools, cut the role of technicians in schools and now reduce nursery places, it would seem that North Lanarkshire Council are determined to undermine education provision not only in Abronhill but across Cumbernauld and Kilsyth at every opportunity.”

However, the issue to not be addressed was the apparent staffing review at Abronhill Nursery, to which Abronhill parents have been urged to enrole their children now, to secure positions, by online campaigners. 

North Lanarkshire Council have confirmed that a staffing review will take place but the authority has said that no jobs will be lost.

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said: “The number of children applying for places in Abronhill Nursery has reduced significantly and we staff the nurseries according to the numbers of children attending.”

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