School Closures Secretly Planned Several Years Ago

Information obtained from Glasgow City Council through a Freedom of Information Request shows there has been an intention to close Wyndford Primary School since at least 2006.

That contradicts official explanations for the closures. Consultation on the closures started Janaury 2009 only. Parents and staff were unaware of any possibility of closure until then.

Since 2006, repairs and building investment costing £274k was spent on Parkview Primary, versus £28k on the similar Wyndford Primary. Parkview Primary is to receive the ex-Wyndford Primary children from September 2009.

New windows in Parkview are only a relatively small part (£87k) of that difference.

The information from Glasgow City Council in full is below:

A B C D
1 Extract from repairs
database for jobs over £5k, 2006 to date.
2
3 Address Defect Complete Value
4 PARKVIEW PRIMARY FIT ALARM 3/16/06 £5,910
5 PARKVIEW PRIMARY SCHOOL ADAPTATIONS 9/4/06 £63,500
6 PARKVIEW PRIMARY ADDITIONAL ADAPTATIONS AS
AGREED
3/27/07 £48,768
7 PARKVIEW PRIMARY RAISE SECURITY FENCE HEIGHT 3/26/07 £7,129
8 PARKVIEW PRIMARY WINDOW REPLACEMENTS 11/1/07 £86,537
9 PARKVIEW PRIMARY KITCHEN VENTILATION UPGRADE 7/24/07 £7,757
10 PARKVIEW PRIMARY INSTALL DAMP PROOFING 8/13/07 £7,556
11 PARKVIEW PRIMARY DDA LIFTS AND HANDRAILS 1/28/08 £23,442
12 PARKVIEW PRIMARY DRAINAGE TO PITCH 4/21/08 £22,986
13 TOTAL £273,585
14
15
16 Address Defect Complete Value
17 WYNDFORD PRIMARY TOILET WALL REPAIR 2/27/06 £7,476
18 WYNDFORD PRIMARY DECORATION/FLOOR COVERING 4/3/07 £6,842
19 WYNDFORD PRIMARY ELECTRICAL TESTING AND REPAIR 6/3/08 £5,330
20 WYNDFORD PRIMARY ROOF REPAIR 2/3/09 £8,588
21 TOTAL £28,236
22

Update 1 – 29th April 2009 – Further Details on Wyndford/Parkview repairs and investment

At a paltry £28k of repairs and investment, Glasgow City Council did essentially spend no money on repairs on Wyndford over that period. The Wyndford and Parkview buildings are similar in size, structure, and age so are good baselines for comparison of spending levels. The differences there are between the buildings would ordinarily mean Wyndford receiving more investment and repairs than Parkview – Parkview does not have a separate gym hall like Wyndford does, and Parkview building is also 10 years newer in age, again meaning less need for repairs and investments.

The main reason given for closing Wyndford Primary was that it was too dilapidated to be saved.

Wyndford Primary certainly needed repairs and investment. It’s windows are the original single glazing and need replaced with double glazing, as was done for the Parkview windows on 1st November 2007 at a cost of £86,537. Wyndford’s gym hall has chunks of missing wooden floor covering, which holes have been patched up with gaffer tape, but are still dangerous. That has prevented use of the gym on occasions and limits the activities children are allowed to do there. The walls of Wyndford Primary have not been painted for many years, with old paint crumbling off exposing plasterwork. The main lights in the dining hall are the originals which are just over 40 years old, are dirty and discoloured, and some no longer work. Those are the most visible defects, most likely other work would be found necessary or desirable were a survey to be carried out.

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2 responses to “School Closures Secretly Planned Several Years Ago

  1. How exactly does that prove they were trying to shut the school back then? Surely they would have spent no money on repairs and then claimed it was too dilapidated to be saved if that was their intention? And do you have any proof that Wyndford Primary actually needed any additional repairs to what they recieved?

    Don’t get me wrong, I am fully against the school closures but accusations of this kind can’t be made without hard evidence. Spending less on one school than another is not evidence.

    • Hi Al,

      Sorry I didn’t spell the detailed reasoning out as much as I ought, will update the main article to have that.

      At a paltry £28k of repairs and investment, Glasgow City Council did essentially spend no money on repairs on Wyndford over that period. The Wyndford and Parkview buildings are similar in size, structure, and age so are good baselines for comparison of spending levels. The differences there are between the buildings would ordinarily mean Wyndford receiving more investment and repairs than Parkview – Parkview does not have a separate gym hall like Wyndford does, and Parkview building is also 10 years newer in age, again meaning less need for repairs and investments.

      The main reason given for closing Wyndford Primary specifically was that it was too dilapidated to be saved.

      Wyndford Primary does need repairs and investment. It’s windows are original single glazing and need replaced with double glazing, as was done for the Parkview windows on 1st November 2007 at a cost of £86,537. Wyndford’s gym hall has chunks of missing wooden floor covering, which holes have been patched up with gaffer tape, but are still dangerous. That has prevented use of the gym on occasions and limits the activities children are allowed to do there. The walls of Wyndford Primary have not been painted for many years, with old paint crumbling off exposing plasterwork. The main lights in the dining hall are the originals which are just over 40 years old, are dirty and discoloured, and some no longer work. Those are the most visible defects, I suspect other work would be found necessary or desirable were a survey to be carried out.

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