The process for selecting a site for the new Campbeltown Grammar School has been agreed by Argyll and Bute Council today. (Thu 20 September) There is now a list of potential sites for the building and clear criteria for making sure the best site or sites are put forward for approval by the council and for public consultation.
The first step now will be for the project team to apply the agreed criteria to eleven potential locations before producing a preferred site or sites. The list of sites was produced after consultation with councillors and more feedback was taken on board after a master planning event where Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA), Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Argyll and the Isles enterprise, Argyll College and local businesses had their say. The eleven sites are:
- Existing Campbeltown Grammar School site and playing fields
- Dalintober Primary School and adjacent land
- Current superstore site and adjacent car park
- Combined site of superstore, adjacent car park and Kinloch Park
- The Meadows playing fields
- Combined site of Meadows playing fields and ground adjacent to Campbeltown Hospital
- Kinloch Park
- Recreation ground adjacent to Campbeltown Hospital
- St. Kieran’s and Castlehill Primary Schools ( including nursery and community centre)
- Witchburn Road council offices
- The Roadings
In the interests of openness, all possible sites are included above but there are already issues with a number of them that may well make them unsuitable.
The project team will now look at a number of factors including educational benefit, community access and affordability of each site and deliverability of the project on each site. After the project team has applied the agreed criteria, the preferred site or sites will be taken forward for public consultation and the results will be reported to the council on 24 January 2013.
Lead Councillor for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Breslin said, “The consultation process will make detailed information on the preferred site or sites available for local people to consider which is most appropriate. The results of the consultation will contribute to the final decision made by the council. More details about the public consultation will be made soon and I would ask as many people as possible to have their say in what will be a significant development for Campbeltown.
“I firmly believe this is an exciting and important investment in the future of education for children in Campbeltown and for future generations.”