Ed­u­ca­tion: Cam­pus plans ad­vance

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIEREN BEATTIE

Two po­ten­tial sites have been ear­marked for a new multi-mil­lion-pound com­mu­nity cam­pus in Peter­head.

Aberdeen­shire coun­cil­lors agreed in Fe­bru­ary to pro­vide £71m for the new fa­cil­ity.

Of­fi­cers have now iden­ti­fied two pos­si­ble sites for the new cam­pus and will up­date mem­bers of the Buchan area com­mit­tee next week about the ben­e­fits of each op­tion.

The first site would be at the cur­rent Peter­head Academy build­ing and the sec­ond would be on Kin­mundy Road.

A state­ment from the coun­cil said an ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion has re­vealed a pref­er­ence for build­ing the new cam­pus on Kin­mundy Road, and de­vel­op­ing and re­tain­ing com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in the town cen­tre.

A study will be car­ried out to ex­plore the costs and im­pact of the lo­ca­tions over the next six months, and coun­cil­lors are ex­pected to con­sider any rec­om­men­da­tions on the fu­ture of the project by the end of the year.

Coun­cil­lor Nor­man Smith, chair­man of the coun­cil’s Buchan area com­mit­tee, said: “While it is im­por­tant that par­ents and res­i­dents in Peter­head are given am­ple time to con­sider all the op­tions, it is also cru­cial that we make some early de­ci­sions about this project to show our firm com­mit­ment to the project.”

Com­mit­tee vicechair­woman Coun­cil­lor Dianne Bea­grie said: “I re­ally hope lo­cal res­i­dents sup­port our plans, but also have their say on what they want to see.”

The Buchan area com­mit­tee will meet next Tues­day.

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