School case could be dropped

COURT of Session proceedings surrounding the controversial new £8 million school in Arbroath could be withdrawn as early as Thursday.

At a full meeting of the council on Thursday, new education convener Sheena Welsh is to table an amendment asking for the judicial review into the decision on the closure of Muirfield and Timmergreens primaries to be dropped.

It will also ask for a report to be brought before the education committee on August 23 outlining new options for the Arbroath Schools Project to be taken back to the consultation phase.

This would include all primary schools and the wider community in Arbroath.

New Provost Helen Oswald must rule first that there has been a material change of circumstances so the issue can be reconsidered.

And if a vote goes ahead, the motion is expected to pass as the ruling SNP group now have an overall majority.

For more on the schools story see the Arbroath Herald on Friday.