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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00412

Save the Sir John Stirling Maxwell School

Submitted by: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Supported by: Ross Greer, Bill Kidd, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba

That the Parliament notes that the historic former Sir John Stirling Maxwell school in Pollokshaws has been on the Buildings at Risk Register since 2012, and is currently in a poor state of repair, following a recent roof collapse; understands that the former school has a unique place in Glasgow’s social and educational history, having been home to the city’s first Gaelic Medium education unit, and was where, noted socialist, John McLean, taught between 1908 and 1915; commends the work of the Sir John Stirling Maxwell School Trust to preserve and find a sustainable future for the building, including plans for an environmental learning and innovation centre; understands that Glasgow City Council is due to consider options for the future of the site soon; believes that it is crucial that built heritage is maintained wherever possible, and that all efforts should be exhausted to save the building, and calls on the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and other agencies, to work with the Trust and the local community to this end.