Closing verse of the super school saga?

A CONTROVERSIAL Arbroath ‘Super-School’ proposal, which has divided opinion in both the town and Angus Council, was scrapped yesterday (Thursday).

At an Angus Council meeting in Forfar, councillors voted to call a halt to the judicial review and restart the consultation process.

The review had been called for by the previous Angus Alliance administration following a rejection of the proposed school project by Mike Russell MSP, the Scottish Education Minister.

The project proposed to replace Muirfield and Timmergreens primary schools with a brand new ‘super school’ at a site adjacent to Hospitalfield House on the Westway.

The plan had been unpopular with many parents due to potential health and safety issues with pupils crossing the busy Westway and also with alleged inconsistencies in the consultation phase of the project.

A further report will now be brought before the education committee at its meeting on August 23, outlining options for consulting about improvements to the primary school estate early in the new school session.

The motion was lodged by education convener Sheena Welsh who welcomed the council’s support.

Councillor Welsh said: “I am delighted that the council has supported our commitment to start afresh and to go back to the people of Arbroath to seek their views on improving primary school buildings in the burgh. “There is no doubt that the primary school estate in Arbroath is in need of improvement and I can promise the Arbroath community that we will work with them to deliver educational facilities fit for the 21st century in the burgh.”

It was an election pledge of the SNP in Angus to axe the review and completely restart the consultation phase on the needs of primary education in Arbroath.

Read reaction in the Arbroath Herald on Friday.