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PARENTS are being asked for their views on a new school seven years after they protested to save their local primary from closure.

Glasgow’s SNP group has created the questionnaire to find out what Maryhill residents and parents think of plans to create more school provision in the area.

It comes after Glasgow City Council acknowledged that by 2020 there would be a shortage of spaces in schools in Maryhill, if the current projections are accurate.

Reports indicate in the next four years there will be an increase of around 800 children living in the north west.

Last month Liz Cameron, the council’s education spokeswoman said the administration would be launching a public consultation and encouraged locals to share their views.

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The SNP’s Maryhill and Kelvin councillors had been calling for a new primary in the area prior to the consultation announcement.

SNP councillors John Letford and Franny Scally have now started their own survey, which they say is to ensure locals’ views are taken into consideration.

Councillor Letford said: “I am delighted that my Group has decided to launch a consultation on school provision in Maryhill and Kelvin.

“It has been seven years since Labour closed primary school provision in this area.

“Our questionnaire is designed to complement the work of Education Services, and to ensure that everyone who wants to has the opportunity to feedback their views on the type and location of educational provision in Maryhill.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved and make your voice heard.”

SNP Councillor Franny Scally said: “We will ensure that as many people in the ward as possible get the chance to respond and we will ensure Education Services hear the clear view of the people of Maryhill and Kelvin.”

Liz Cameron said last month that discussions on the location of the new school were “at an early stage” and no site had been selected yet.

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She also said it was positive that there were more children in Maryhill, and urged everyone to get involved with the consultation.

Glasgow City Council yesterday confirmed the public drop-in sessions and formal consultation has not yet been started in Maryhill, but is due to begin later this month.

In 2009, parents held an 18-day sit in at Wyndford Primary school as a protest against the closure of the facility.

Kids and parents also staged a protest at St Gregory’s Primary in a failed attempt to keep it open.

Nearby Our Lady of the Assumption Primary was also closed.

To view the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/gccsnpmaryhillschool. Physical copies are also due to be distributed in the area.

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