Mackie Site for New Schools Given Approval

By Jane Cruickshank / June 14, 2022
The familiar Victorian frontage of Dunnottar Primary

COUNCILLORS unanimously endorsed the playing fields at Mackie Academy as the preferred site for the delivery of new school buildings for both Dunnottar Primary and Carronhill School.

At their meeting today, the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee was asked to review the progress made in proposals to replace the two schools and to instruct officers to move forward to the next step – a more detailed and further cost planning with the playing fields as the preferred site.

The matter had been tabled as an exempt item but was taken forward as a public paper at the request of the chair of the Committee, Cllr Wendy Agnew, subject to the redaction of procurement approvals plan, which councillors were asked not to refer to.

While councillors took the opportunity to question officers about various aspects of the proposed site at Mackie, parent Scott Martin hammered home the need for the new buildings.

Introducing himself as vice chair of Dunnottar School Parent Council – Dunnottar Parent Voice – Mr Martin said parents, whose children were attending school in a Victorian building and the only school in the Shire graded as a ‘C’ grade building, had been ‘delighted’ when a new school was approved in the capital plan.

Mr Martin praised the ‘fantastic ethos’ of hard-working staff at Dunnottar Primary and their innovative approach to dealing with the constraints of the old building, including walks to the beach and the woods.

But, he said, parents no longer felt it was feasible to continue with these ‘work-arounds’ and pupils deserved a building fit for the 21st Century.

Mr Martin said some parents had expressed disappointement the school would be moved from the old town, but they appreciated there was no suitable site in the old town for it.

Urging councillors to accept the recommendations, he added: ” Parents are concerned if the decision is not taken today, there will be a delay in building a much needed replacement for Dunnottar Primary.”

Cllr Wendy Agnew said: ”I think we are all in support of you.”

The previously exempt paper giving full information on the project to date, is now available online