Meeting over schools plans

The progress of some of Aberdeenshire Council’s most significant and innovative school building and improvement projects will go before the Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday (November 15).

Committee members will consider a number of projects, including plans for the new Alford Community Campus and a proposal for a new build primary school in Drumoak.

These projects, along with planned alterations at Kemnay Academy, will make up more than £60 million in capital investment for Aberdeenshire Council over the next few years.

The programme includes details of the £40 million Alford Community Campus, which includes a 640-pupil academy, 355-pupil primary, sports facilities, a 25m swimming pool, arts facilities, integrated community library and community centre. This project cost also includes the proposed Alford relief road linking Greystone Road through to a re-aligned A944 north of the town.

If plans progress, a detailed campus planning application is due to be lodged early next year, with work scheduled to begin in 2014. Local residents and community groups have been consulted on the project, and their comments have been used to help shape the plans.

Councillors are being asked to approve the latest designs for the work, the capital cost of just over £40 million and agree to proceed to the next stage of the process.

The committee are being asked to approve plans for extra accommodation for a two-court hall and community facility within the plans.