Over the weekend Clackmannanshire Council have backed down on the proposed closure of Coalsnaughton Primary School, it has been announced today. This announcement follows pressure from parents, the Community and the local Scottish Conservative representatives, including Luke Graham MP who attended the Clacks Council Budget Consultation in Alloa last week.
Last week Luke Graham sent a letter to Derek MacKay MSP, Finance Secretary at Holyrood, in which Mr Graham highlighted that the Scottish block grant has gone up by £949m since 2010, and called on Mr MacKay to pass on this increase to local authorities. Luke Graham MP also made it clear that he believed that Scotland’s smallest county should not be ‘short-changed’ when it came to Scotland’s budget.
As well as putting pressure on Derek MacKay, and supporting the community in their opposition to the proposed closures, the Scottish Conservatives were out in force over the weekend to highlight the issue with local residents, and gather further support for the opposition to the closures.
Commenting, Luke Graham MP said:
“I was appalled to hear of the proposals to close the two primary schools, in Coalsnaughton and Fishcross, and of the Alloa Leisure Bowl, the last swimming pool in the county.
The Scottish block grant has gone up significantly since 2010, so there is no excuse for these swingeing cuts from the SNP. I am therefore pleased to hear that the SNP administration at Kilncraigs have buckled under the pressure on the Coalsnaughton Primary School closure.
However, this is not over, and I will continue to work with the community and others so that the SNP finally get the message loud and clear:
“We need more money from Holyrood to keep our schools and Leisure Bowl open!”.