At last Thursday’s meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, members agreed a public consultation to take place on a replacement school for Markethill Primary School. The committee agreed a replacement school for Turriff at Meadowbank Road in September 2011 and initial consultation with residents has taken place with feedback indicating the new facilities are welcomed.
Members also agreed that provision at the existing Markethill Primary School should be discontinued from July 2017 with pupils continuing their education at a new facility to be located at Meadowbank Road.
The formal consultation started yesterday (March 30) and will run until Wednesday, May 20. A public meeting will also take place on Wednesday, May 20 in the main hall of the school from 7.00pm.
The current school building, a single storey building with a capacity of 360 pupils, rates as B in terms of condition and C in terms of suitability as outlined in Aberdeenshire Council’s School Estate Management Plan and submitted to Scottish Government. The current school roll is more than 25% over capacity and is being capped at 469 from August 2015 as an interim measure until the new school is delivered. Provision for primary education will be made available at nearby schools.
The population of Turriff is growing year on year and demand for places at Markethill Primary School has remained high over the last 10 years.
The facilities within the existing school are not sufficient for the increasing pressure on the school roll in terms of classroom size, dining facilities and physical education provision.
All pupils in the new build Markethill which will be built at a cost of around £12.2million will be taught in the main school building with an indoor sports hall, 7-a-side grass pitch and all-weather pitch.
In addition the new school will have a larger nursery facility on site, increasing the quality and availability of pre-school provision for parents.
Members of the community are urged to take part in the consultation and attend the public meeting on May 20.
The planning documents for the new Markethill Primary School development can be seen here on Aberdeenshire Council’s planning portal.