Black Friday protest held against school plans

Protest outside Motherwell Civic Centre
Protest outside Motherwell Civic Centre

Parents from Taylor High sent North Lanarkshire Council a clear message they are not going away in their fight to save the school.

On Friday campaigners against the proposed amalgamation with Our Lady’s High in Motherwell and move to a site at Ravenscraig held a ‘Black Friday’ protest.

Dozens of people met outside Motherwell Civic Centre for a second time to hold a demonstration before letting off black balloons.

Jan Nimmo, who has a daughter starting at Taylor High next week and another at Christ the King Primary, explained her fears.

She said: “The transition from Christ the King to Taylor High works so smoothly, you feel your kids are really welcomed, but I hate the thought of them going to one of these ‘super-schools’ where they would just be a number.

“But, more than that is the thought of them going to a school built on a toxic ground that truly terrifies me.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s just a vanity project by North Lanarkshire Council that has gone wrong, putting their own facilities there won’t attract private investment.

“None of the parents I have spoken to will be sending their children to the new school so the council can go ahead and build it if they want, but who is going to fill it?

“I appreciate from the outside Taylor might not be the prettiest, but inside it is absolutely fantastic and the repair bill for both Taylor and Our Lady’s would be a lot less than the £36 million the council projected for a new build.”

The council’s convener of Learning and Leisure Services Jim Logue said: “The submissions made during the consultation period are being considered and will be presented to the Learning and Leisure Committee in due course.”