A NEW £23million state-of-the-art Glasgow school is expected to get the go ahead today.

Councillors are due to agree on the new facility which would be developed for Maryhill pupils and fills a gap left when Wynford Primary School closed in 2009.

Situated on the playing fields at Queen Margaret Drive, the building would replace the former Wyndford Primary School, while providing a new facility to accommodate Glasgow’s soaring population.

Included in the proposals, which would benefit 378 children, is an 11-a-side 3G pitch, games area and flexible teaching spaces.

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Proposals would also see the existing blaes pitches at the Queen Margaret Drive playing fields upgraded to a 3G synthetic surface which would be floodlit and available for community use outwith school hours.

Inside the school would sport a multi-purpose hall, library and multiple spaces for teachers and staff to relax during lunch.

In the last 17-years the number of people living in Glasgow rose from 578,000 in 2001 to 626,000 in 2018 with an increasing demand for more non-denominational schools across the city.

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A key responsibility of Glasgow City Council is to ensure there is a sufficient number of primary and secondary school places to meet demand short and long term.

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Despite agreeing a new school should be created, concerns have been raised from politicians and members of the public regarding the suitability of the proposed facility ahead of this morning’s planning committee.

Councillor Ken Andrew said: “I am aware there has been more development in the area recently and I do agree there is a need for a new school but it would be in the wrong side of the catchment area.

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“The old Wyndford Primary school is still standing. The council would save money if they spent £5m renovating the old building rather than forking out £23m on a new one which wouldn’t even be in the right place.

“Dunard Primary School is another non denominational school which is near this site. This planning application makes absolutely no sense.

“It would be nice to have a nice new shiny school but it needs to be on the correct site.”

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A total of nine objections have been submitted to planning department.

Residents are worried that the development will “add significantly” to rising emission levels as the school would be on a busy road making it difficult to access by foot.

Mr Andrew continued: “About a year ago I went to one of the public consultations regarding this proposal. There was a great deal of anger from people who attended.

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“I am concerned that the problem with the catchment area will not be taken into consideration by the planning committee.

“They should also be considering methods of transport to and from the school and how children will get there safely.

“We are supposed to be encouraging active travel but this development will encourage more parents to drive their child to school.

“Maryhill Road is already a busy thoroughfare and this will cause even more congestion and mayhem.

“There will be further problems on Queen Margaret Drive. There have been discussions about putting another crossing point on the street.

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“But the thought of children having to cross a busy road horrifies me as it is one of the biggest roads in Glasgow.

“To have a school developed in my area which won’t benefit any of my constituents seems like madness to me.”

MP Patrick Grady, for Glasgow North, has also expressed his concerns at the proposals.

In a letter to the council’s planning department Mr Grady said that the development would increase traffic in the area.

He also pointed out there was not enough space for a drop off area at the school gate.

Mr Grady said: “I have been contacted by a constituent expressing their concerns about this development.

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“The catchment area for the school is a significant distance away from the location of the school itself and the level of traffic is likely to be higher than average.

“They have also pointed out that there is no room for a drop-off area for children on Queen Margaret Drive and have also raised concerns that Oran Gate will be used as an informal shortcut for the school run.”

Constituents are also worried that the development will see a reduction in trees which could impact the air quality.

Mr Grady went on: “I have also been made aware of concerns that the construction and the finished design will impact on the views and the sunlight available at the neighbouring flats.”

Proposals will be reviewed today by the committee.

Background

WYNDFORD primary school closed its doors in 2009 when the council claimed the building was crumbling and falling into a state of disrepair.

Despite a lengthy campaign run by parents and guardians to save the school, pupils were eventually transferred to Parkview in Summerston.

At the time families had raised concerns about their children walking along busy roads before arriving at their new school.

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Similar concerns rose again when the current planning application to develop a new school was submitted to the City Council’s planning department earlier this year.

The site identified for this development sits between Maryhill, Kelvinside and Hillhead.

In 1860, the area was underdeveloped open ground with the only recognisable feature being Maryhill Road, then named Garscube Road.

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By the 1890s several properties, including Kelvinside Bakery, had been created on the site. In 1910 tenement buildings of three and four storeys were built in the area and new streets formed.

The proposed 3G pitch would sit just above the site where the bakery existed while the rest of the development aims to sympathise with the character of the area.