Greens call for long term approach to rising school rolls

Green councillors have criticised the previous Lib Dem – SNP Administration for closing seven primary schools and stoking up pressure on school buildings from rising P1 intakes.  Green councillor Gavin Corbett said:

“My main concern is how did we get into this position and how do we avoid it in future?

“The council may have put itself between a rock and a hard place in accommodating all catchment children in some schools, forced to look at options like temporary units which lose playground space or pressing into use rooms which might otherwise be used for art, music or computing.

“Yet this was all so predictable. Over the last five years the council closed seven primary schools in the full knowledge that the birth rate was rising.

“So, beyond the immediate pressure, the real challenge is to plan for the long term and that means looking at new school provision, catchment areas and promoting schools which can deal with extra numbers.”

Read the full story in the Edinburgh Evening News.