Portlethen public consultation on Hillside Primary

Portlethen residents are to have a chance to see plans for a proposed school and community development on land at Hillside next week.

Local communities are encouraged to attend the drop-in session organised by Aberdeenshire Council where plans for a new school at Hillside will be on show.

The public consultation event will take place in the assembly hall at Portlethen Academy on Wednesday, October 8 between 4-8pm.

Attendees will be able to look over previously unseen floor plans and 3D architectural designs of the building and speak to council officers about the proposals.

Comments made at this stage are not representations in respect of a planning application.

An application for planning permission will be submitted by Aberdeenshire Council following public consultation and further meetings with stakeholders.

There will then be opportunity to make representations to the planning authority with regard to the application.

Local councillor Ian Mollison urged local people to go along and contribute. “It is very important that the local community takes this opportunity to find out more and give feedback to the council. This is a major investment by the local authority and we need to get it right.”

Members of the community in Portlethen have been campaigning for a third school in the town for several years, with many Hillside residents admitting that they bought their homes with the expectation that a school would be built. However the school at Hillside was removed from the Capital Plan in 2010.

Following a review of capacity figures for the two existing primary schools in April 2013 which revealed that they would not be able to cope with the increasing rolls, Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee backed plans to move forward with proposals for a school.

For further information on the proposals or to make comments relating to them, please contact Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services, Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB or email education@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Proposals for education provision were backed by Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee in June 2013 following wide consultation with the community on the proposals.