Splash the cash on schools

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Council chiefs have been accused this week of not spending enough cash on school repairs and maintenance.

Lenzie councillor Gillian Renwick and Bearsden councillor Keith Small say the cost of bringing council-owned schools up to standard has risen from £5.793million in December 2012 to £19million in December 2014.

Councillor Small said: “There is a huge underspend of the council’s capital programme - £18.103m for the 2014/15 financial year.”

Councillor Renwick added: “If you’ve got money, spend it. Lenzie Academy is a perfect example of a school waiting in line for maintenance work.”

But education convener Councillor Eric Gotts has challenged the accusation and says East Dunbartonshire Council has “a proud record of educational achievement which has been built up with years of well-targeted investment”.

He added: “Education is our biggest budget area with our 10-year capital investment programme investing over £80million in schools, £5.2million in 2015/16 and more in future years.”