Cam­pus op­tions cho­sen for fi­nal de­ci­sion

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL | NEWS - BY KIERAN BEATTIE

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

Aberdeen­shire coun­cil­lors agreed in Fe­bru­ary to pro­vide £71mil­lion for the new fa­cil­ity, which one mem­ber said would “make a real pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence” to the town.

Of­fi­cers have now iden­ti­fied two pos­si­ble sites for the cam­pus, and will up­date mem­bers of the Buchan Area Com­mit­tee next week about the ben­e­fits of each one.

The first site is at the cur­rent Peter­head Academy build­ing, and the sec­ond is on Kin­mundy Road.

A state­ment from the

“I am pleased to see progress is be­ing made”

coun­cil said an ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion has re­vealed a pref­er­ence for build­ing the new fa­cil­ity 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 Buchan Area Com­mit­tee, said: “I am pleased to see progress is be­ing made since we com­mit­ted fund­ing worth £71 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of a new com­mu­nity cam­pus in our cap­i­tal plan in Fe­bru­ary.

“Whilst 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.”

The Buchan Area Com­mit­tee will meet next Tues­day.

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