Cumbernauld's MSP shows his "whole-hearted support" for Greenfaulds bid, in Scottish Parliament

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:56 GMT on Friday, 14th September 2012.
 


SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn has highlighted an on-going funding bid by Greenfaulds High School at themed Question Time in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament earlier this week.

Mr Hepburn raised the matter of the outstanding bid before the Scottish Futures Trust with Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages yesterday during themed Question Time in the Scottish Parliament.

The exchange between Mr Hepburn and Dr Allan was:

Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with North Lanarkshire Council regarding the condition and upkeep of schools.

The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages (Dr Alasdair Allan): Ministers and Government officials meet local authorities on a regular basis to discuss a range of issues related to the school estate.

Jamie Hepburn: The minister may be aware that there is before the Scottish Futures Trust an outstanding bid—which I whole-heartedly support—from North Lanarkshire Council for the next available tranche of funding for a new campus for the excellent Greenfaulds High School, which is the largest secondary school in the council’s area. What information is there about when the Scottish Futures Trust is likely to make a decision on the matter?

Dr Allan: I expect to make an announcement by the end of the month, although the member will appreciate that I am unable to speak about specific projects or applications at this stage.

Commenting further Mr Hepburn said: “I was happy to raise this issue in the Parliament today as I feel it is important to highlight how important this bid is. I think that the case for awarding this funding to Greenfaulds High School has been well made and I am happy to be of whatever assistance I can be to the school in this matter.”

“It was reassuring to know that the Scottish Government is keeping a close eye on these matters and I look forward to the announcement, which is expected later this month.”