Talks over new Drumoak school

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Investigations into the delivery of a new primary school in Drumoak are moving forward, following discussion by councillors.

Progress of the project was discussed by Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee at a meeting in Woodhill House, Aberdeen, last week.

Initial assessment of the project has been completed, and the committee agreed the scheme should move to the next stage of consideration. A timescale has not yet been set for the project.

Committee chair Cllr Anne Robertson said: “A new Drumoak Primary School will be a valuable asset for the community and work to develop the scheme is making good progress.

“We will continue to progress this project with the aim of moving as quickly as we can to a proposed start date.”

Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Peter Bellarby said: “I am delighted progress is being made on this project.

“I would like to see this school constructed as soon as it is possible, so I am pleased that the second stage of assessment is about to begin.”

Families at Drumoak, which has a roll of nearly 100, feared plans to replace the school building could be cancelled as the local authority battles to reduce its costs.

Parents have been campaigning for years for a replacement school, which would cost about £7 million, and a site has been identified next to Sunnyside Farm.

School council chairman Garry Cormack was pleased that the plans were finally moving forward.

He said: “The school council are delighted with the news. Drumoak is the most overcrowded school in Aberdeenshire and a new school is long overdue.

“We have now had assurances from Aberdeenshire Council that Drumoak will have a new school by 2016 at the very latest but they are hopeful it will be ready by the end of 2013.”