New primary school planned for Stonehaven
Aberdeenshire Council has announced its commitment to build a new primary school in Stonehaven.
The new school which will replace Dunnottar School, was included in the local authority’s Capital Plan along with plans for a new Fraserburgh school, which was discussed at a meeting of Full Council last week.
The existing Dunnottar School faces issues with accessibility, classroom sizes, external facilities, social spaces and security.
At the meeting council leader councillor Andy Kille noted that the replacement schools had been “repeatedly” identified in the council’s Learning Estates strategies.
He added that the existing school provision in Fraserburgh presents “significant challenges” with regards to accessibility, suitability and environmental conditions.
Councillor Kille said that both projects were “clear priorities for investment” and added that there was a need to move forward with them “urgently”.
Business Cases would need to be developed for both projects, subject to consultation with relevant Area Committees and the Education and Children’s Services Committee.
Both would later return to Full Council for consideration at a later date.
Councillor Wendy Agnew said: “I support a new school for Dunnottar and I’m delighted that my old school has again been added to the Capital Plan and look forward to the provision of a new school for the Dunnottar staff and pupils as soon as possible.”
SNP Councillor Dennis Robertson (Stonehaven and Lower Deeside) said: “I very much welcome the addition of a replacement school for Dunnottar in the capital plan.
"The School continues to provide the best possible experience for our pupils living in that area.
"However it has long been recognised that the building is no longer fit for purpose, and a new school is very much required to meet the future needs of our children, staff, and hopefully the wider community.”
Councillor Gillian Owen, Chairperson of Education and Children’s Services add ed: “The administration group have worked hard to ensure that education priorities are followed up with the monies required and a line in the capital plan .”