A £2.5m programme of planned maintenance for financial year 2015-16 was approved by councillors at a meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee last week.
Included in the projects for this financial year are replacement boiler at Luthermuir Primary School and an upgraded boiler at Stonehaven Town Hall.
In addition a provisional £7m programme for the following two years was also presented to elected members. Some of these projects could be brought forward if there is any slippage to the ones planned for this year.
The Maintenance Strategy includes the aim to: Replace all single-glazed steel framed windows in schools with appropriate double-glazed units, upgrade electrical services which will reduce energy consumption and improve toilets.
Once all the school maintenance projects planned over the next three years have been completed the council will have succeeded in raising the Scottish Government condition grade of almost all its schools to A (Good) or B (Satisfactory).
This expenditure complements programmes that are funded by other lines in the Capital Plan including school enhancements, new secondary schools in Alford, Ellon and Mearns and improved disabled access to educational facilities. In addition there is a Central Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) budget which is used to fund energy efficiency projects.
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