Councillors agree to consult over Calder closure proposal

COUNCILLORS this week approved a plan to put the proposed closure of Calder Primary School in Motherwell out to public consultation.

The move was agreed at a special meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s learning and leisure services committee on Monday.

Calder is facing the axe as part of a massive cost cutting exercise by the council which is looking to draw up a savings package of over £70 million.

Officials told councillors there were three main reasons for the proposal to close Calder and relocate pupils at either Muir Street or Glencairn Primary.

They say pupils currently at Calder will benefit educationally, that Calder was not cost effective and closure would bring savings which could either be reinvested elsewhere and that the school building required substantial capital investment.

But the proposal has sparked a furious response from many parents who have vowed to do what they can to save the school and have already started a petition against the plan.

As part of the consultation process a public meeting will be held at Braidhurst High School on Wednesday, October 24, at 7pm.

People can make their views known by writing, by November 20, to Calder Primary School and Nursery Class consultation, Learning and Leisure Services, Municipal Buildings, Kildonan Street, Coatbridge, or by e-mail to

For full story see October 3 issue of the Motherwell Times.