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Pollokshields march to defend nurseries

by Bob Fotheringham
Issue No. 2142

On the march last Saturday (Pic: Angela McCormick)

On the march last Saturday (Pic: Angela McCormick)

Around 300 parents, toddlers and supporters marched through Pollokshields on the south side of Glasgow last Saturday against the closure of two local nurseries.

The council wants to close the Nithsdale Road and Newark Drive nurseries and merge them into an early years centre in Pollokshields primary school annexe.

The new centre is 45 minutes walk from the existing nurseries, with an unreliable bus service that will only take two buggies at a time.

The closures are part of Glasgow council’s plans to shut 13 primary schools and 12 nurseries in the city.

Saturday’s march followed a series of protests across the city representing growing anger at the council’s proposals. Two weeks ago over 1,000 parents joined a protest against the plans. Nicola Sturgeon, the local MSP and deputy first minister in the Scottish government, called on the council to withdraw the threat of closure.

But the council’s closure programme is at least partly the responsibility of the Scottish government, which has allowed councils to spend money allocated for education on other areas. Glasgow city council is currently carrying out spending cuts of £50 million over two years. The main areas to be hit are education and social work.

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Tue 10 Mar 2009, 18:32 GMT
Issue No. 2142
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