School extension starts

Councillor Katrina Farquhar has welcomed the start of work on the Aboyne  school extension
Councillor Katrina Farquhar has welcomed the start of work on the Aboyne school extension

Work is under way on an extension to Aboyne Primary School.

The upgrade was approved by Aberdeenshire Council’s policy and resources committee in June.

The £1.3million nursery project is expected to be finished in early 2017.

The new nursery will replace the temporary accommodation currently used and will be able to accommodate 50 children between the ages of two and five years old.

As part of the work, the school entrance is also being improved and the former nursery area being converted into a space for general use.

Local Councillor Katrina Farquhar welcomed the commencement of the project.

She said: “Aboyne Primary School extension is very welcome as the school has been over capacity for a number of years and the nursery has been split between the primary and secondary due to lack of accommodation.

“This new extension will be a huge improvement and everyone is looking forward to the works being completed in and the building opened in January.”

Policy and resources councillors approved other Aberdeenshire school projects at their meeting in June.

A similar extension at Bervie School was also agreed and Kemnay Academy was given approval for a new all-weather pitch, which will also be available for use by the local community.

At the same meeting, a long-awaited replacement for Kinellar Primary School in Blackburn was also approved.

The £12 million plans will see the demolition of the exisiting building to be replaced by a completely new facility.