COUNCIL bosses have announced they will not go ahead with plans for a new school on Glasgow's Southside.

In October last year councillors approved the launch of a consultation into building a new primary school that would also serve the city centre.

But following responses from parents and the local community, the plans have been scrapped and alternative options will now need to be found.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years said: “We have listened to the views of the local community and stakeholders who took part in the consultation and the recommendation is not to proceed with the new school options at the moment. 

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"If agreed by elected members at a future City Administration committee, officers will then explore alternative options and then go back out to ask for thoughts on the new plans."

A consultation ran from November 1 last year until January 4 with two public meetings held, one in Bellahouston Academy and one in Blackfriars Primary.

Meetings were also held with councillors, New Gorbals Housing Association Management Committee, Merchant City Town Council; the parent council and parents of Blackfriars Primary School.

Proposals were to place the new school in Laurieston on the site of the old Adelphi Terrace Secondary School.

The site on Commercial Road is currently owned and rented out by City Property and used as offices.

A second option was to repurpose a building at 5 Florence Street but council officers preferred the Laurieston plan.

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It would have taken in children living in the city centre, Laurieston and the Gorbals to ease the pressure on existing school rolls.

A report that will go before councillors next week reads: "As part of Glasgow’s ambitions to regenerate the Gorbals/Tradeston/Laurieston and Govanhill areas of the city, a significant amount of new housing has been constructed in these neighbourhoods. 

"As a result of this, a number of schools have experienced increasing rolls, and steps have had to be taken to ensure that there was sufficient capacity for catchment area children."

Of the 80 responses to the survey there was no clear consensus for choosing either of the two options.

Among the respondents, 34 were from parents of primary pupils, 24 were from local residents and one was from New Gorbals Housing Association among others.

Of the 78 respondents who expressed a preference, 21 respondents preferred the re-purposing of the Florence Street building and 44 respondents preferred a re-purposing of the Adelphi Centre building.

The report reads: "Of those who expressed a preference for Option 1, the re-purposing of the Florence Street building, most comments considered that the need was for secondary school for the Gorbals and not a primary school. 

"A few respondents did not like the idea of linking the primary with Bellahouston Academy and preferred Shawlands Academy. 

"A few felt this option provided the best outcome in terms of playground space and they were positive about transforming the old Victorian sandstone building. 

"Of those who expressed a preference for Option 2, a re-purposing of the Adelphi Centre building, most respondents commented that the need was for secondary school and not a primary establishment."

Other responses said they would prefer to extend the existing schools of Blackfriars and St Francis primaries. 

A small number raised some concerns about safeguarding in relation to the intended use of the sports centre for physical education. 

Officers concluded that there is not enough support for the proposal or a clear consensus from any of the public meetings. 

Initial proposals for a Southside and city centre school were first proposed two years ago, as revealed in the Glasgow Times.