New East Kilbride Primary School gets the go-ahead from councilors

Councilors today approved plans to build a new primary school in East Kilbride.

The proposal to build Jackton Primary School as part of the East Kilbride Community Growth Area (CGA) was welcomed by the elected members of the executive committee and will now be referred to the City of Glasgow Cabinet for approval.

The new school will accommodate the area’s expected growth in residents, as an estimated total of 2,600 new homes will be built, with an expected population of 623 elementary school-age children.

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Executive Committee Chairman Councilman John Ross said, “If approved by the City Settlement Cabinet, this school will be fantastic news for the CGA.

“It means families considering moving to the area will have the benefit of a new, purpose-built school right on their doorstep.”

The school has experienced developmental delays due to COVID, but is now expected to be complete by August 2023.

Councilor Monique McCadams of East Kilbride West questioned the development and whether the plans will change to reflect the new time scale.

She said: “I warmly welcome this document and know there has been a lot of work going on in the background and many limitations due to COVID.

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“I just wanted to ask a question. I know the meta post has been moved a couple of times due to COVID and you’re dealing with multiple developers. I know that the primary school was going to be built in three stages, is that the case now?

“I take it for the opening of August 2023, I take that the project in its entirety will now be open or it will be just the school or the nursery first, or it will be the complete construction.”

It was discussed at the meeting that the school is now being built as a single phase as this is the most cost effective way to proceed with the development.

The school will be a 50,000 square foot facility consisting of 17 classrooms and two general use areas with an additional four classrooms for support needs.

Early learning and childcare facilities for up to 80 three- and four-year-olds and 15 two-year-olds will also be part of the project, along with a lighted seven-player soccer field that can be used for community rentals. outside of school hours

Councilman Jim Wardhaugh questioned the use of the facilities outside of school hours.

He said: “The council policy that we had was that the sports facilities, MUGA and 3G pitches would be used for free use within the community outside of school hours.

“That policy doesn’t seem to be enforced here as it is community leases for the pitch where council policy on all other facilities was free use by the community outside of school hours.”

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It was revealed at the meeting that the facilities would be used for informal and formal use for the community at large and that access would be changed from time to time to provide a mix of community use.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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