Dal­beat­tie School start date

The Galloway News - - INTIMATIONS -

Work on Dal­beat­tie’s £20 mil­lion new school will be­gin in the spring.

Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary An­gela Con­stance, pic­tured, an­nounced the start date when vis­it­ing Dum­fries for a meet­ing of the Scot­tish Cab­i­net on Mon­day.

The new learn­ing cam­pus on the out­skirts of the town will fea­ture a new pri­mary and sec­ondary school as well as a nurs­ery.

The coun­cil is also work­ing on projects to re­de­velop Maxwell­town High and St Joseph’s Col­lege in Dum­fries.

Ms Con­stance said: “The new fa­cil­i­ties be­ing built here will be fan­tas­tic en­vi­ron­ments for young peo­ple to learn in and will also pro­vide ameni­ties for the wider com­mu­nity to en­joy.

“I look for­ward to vis­it­ing the new schools when they’re fin­ished, the first of which will be open­ing to pupils next au­tumn.

“In ad­di­tion to the ed­u­ca­tional ben­e­fits, the projects will also cre­ate con­struc­tion jobs and ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in Dum­fries and Gal­loway.”

A coun­cil spokesman con­firmed: “Site in­ves­ti­ga­tion and prepara­tory work has started at Dal­beat­tie learn­ing cam­pus and will con­tinue through spring 2015. Con­struc­tion work is due to start in Septem­ber 2015.”

It re­cently emerged that the new school will open in 2017, rather than 2016 as orig­i­nally planned.

Mean­while the ex­ist­ing Dal­beat­tie High is fac­ing a sticky prob­lem with chew­ing gum.

The amount be­com­ing stuck to school grounds has caused con­cern.

Coun­cil­lor Ian Blake has asked the au­thor­ity to take ac­tion.

The coun­cil is now or­gan­is­ing a clean-up of the school with power wash­ers.

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