MP delighted as East End benefits from Scottish Government’s school building programme

26 Nov 2009

John Mason, the MP for Glasgow East, has welcomed the announcement that the construction of a new-build Garrowhill Primary is to go ahead, thanks to the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion school building programme. The good news for Garrowhill was announced by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, Fiona Hyslop MSP, earlier today (Thursday 26 November).

The £1.25 billion school building programme was set up by the Scottish Government to assist local councils with improvements in their schools. The City of Glasgow had asked the Scottish Government for money to re-build two primaries, Garrowhill and Glendale. However, under the plan unveiled today, the City Council will also be allowed to nominate a third primary school project.

Local MP, John Mason, had previously written to the Scottish Government in support of the Garrowhill bid. Welcoming the announcement, John Mason expressed his personal views as follows:

“This is great news for Garrowhill and for Glasgow. I have been pressing for improvements at Garrowhill Primary ever since I was elected as a councillor for the area in 1998. However, it is important to put on record that this new school is only possible thanks to the Scottish Government and the £1.25 billion school building programme that it has set up.

“Although this is a day for celebration, I am very aware of the fact that there are other schools in my area which also urgently require improvement. These include St Bridget’s Primary School and Caledonia Primary in Baillieston, Thorntree Primary and St Timothy’s Primary in Greenfield, as well as Wellshot Primary in Tollcross.”