Huge response to online poll

IT SEEMS people overwhelmingly want more consultation on the Arbroath school project, according to the results of an Arbroath Herald online poll.

Last week, the Herald asked if people would welcome more consultation on the project which includes merging Muirfield and Timmergreens Primary School in a new £8 million building at Hospitalfield House.

And we have had a phenomenal response to the poll as total of 648 votes have been cast, with 96 per cent in favour of more consultation.

The Angus Council plans to build a new school just off the Westway have been controversial with some parents concerned there was a flaw in the consultation process, as multiple responses were found to be coming from the same computer.

There has also been criticism that the school is too near to the busy Westway road, which some children will be required to cross if the school is built.

The proposals have already been approved by Angus Council, but the decision was called in by the Scottish Government in August for closer scrutiny.

A decision will be taken by education secretary Mike Russell, who is still to announce his view.

Last week, the SNP group on Angus Council confirmed that if they are elected to office in next year’s local elections, it is their intention to re-open the consultation period.

Campaigners the Muirfield Action Group have been vocal in their criticism of the plans for the new school.

And Ewan Smith from the group says he is not surprised that 97 per cent of those who voted want more consultation.

He said: “This poll clearly shows the feeling is that there wasn’t a proper consultation done in the first place. I think the powers that be should listen to this as it shows the feeling amongst people in Arbroath that they feel they weren’t consulted properly.”