New administration to scrap review

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THE NEW SNP administration of Angus Council has confirmed they are to scrap the judicial review into the Arbroath Schools Project.

The party had previously made an election pledge that they would axe plans to close Muirfield and Timmergreens Primary Schools and merge them in a new £8 million building in the grounds of Hospitalfield House.

But despite the previous ruling body giving the proposal the go-ahead, Education Minister Mike Russell called in the decision and then rejected the plan.

The Angus Alliance had then launched a judicial review, which was due to take place on Thursday and Friday at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, but the case was delayed until June 28 and 29.

But now with the SNP taking full control of the local authority following Thursday’s council elections, the party have today (Wednesday) released a statement confirming they are to scrap the review as soon as possible.

And they have also pledged to take the Arbroath Schools’ Project back to the consultation phase.

For more reaction to the latest development in this long running story, make sure you pick up your Arbroath Herald on Friday.