John Ruddy, the Scottish Labour candidate for the upcoming by-election in Arbroath East and Lunan has today written to the SNP leader of Angus Council demanding answers on the condition of Arbroath Academy.
Mr Ruddy said: “Arbroath Academy was originally built in the early 1960s and parents in Arbroath have seen new secondary schools in Carnoustie, Brechin and Forfar built. It’s all very well for new primary schools to be constructed, but what benefit is there if children leave Primary and go to a crumbling 50 year old Secondary school? Arbroath Academy is the oldest Secondary School building in Angus, it’s simply not good enough.
“Arbroath East and Lunan has the highest level of Child Poverty in Angus at 28.3% of all children, while students from Arbroath Academy have one of the lowest levels of ‘Positive Destinations’ in Angus – over 10% lower than the best school in the county. Given all this, it is vital that we give them the best possible start in life, and that means facilities that can help them meet their dreams and aspirations.”
Angus Council recently revealed a £15 million under spend for the last financial year. Mr Ruddy added: “I know finances are tight, and not helped by the poor financial settlement from the SNP Government, but when we can’t spend all the money we do have, and when it comes to our children’s future, we can’t afford not to do this.
“That’s why I’ve written to Mr Gaul demanding a plan is brought forward as a matter of urgency.”
Voters in Arbroath East and Lunan got to the polls on Monday, November 28, to elect a replacement for Bob Spink, who stepped down in September.