Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Replacement school for Turriff revealed after existing primary is branded unsuitable

Post Thumbnail

A Turriff primary school described as being no longer fit for purpose looks set to be replaced.

Markethill Primary School has been operating over its working capacity for 12 months with Councillor Sandy Duncan long calling for better facilities for children.

Planners will now ask local members to give the go-ahead for a new school on eight acres of land off Meadowbank Road.

Stephen Archer, the authority’s infrastructure boss, said the new school will have 18 classrooms, 112 parking spaces and synthetic playing pitches.

In his report to go before Formartine Area Committee, he said: “The standard of layout, siting and design is of a very high quality which should be commended.

“There is also a possibility for a future extension of four classrooms.”

The council had previously been locked in negotiations with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) over the use of the land at Meadowbank Road which was left in a will to the charity.

The BHF had suggested that the authority’s offers for the land had not reflected its true market value.

Stephen Morgan, head of legacy management at the BHF, said the organisation was bound by law to ensure its assets – including bequeathed land – are sold for market value.

He added: “Almost half of our income comes from people leaving gifts to us in their wills. Without them we would be unable to continue to fund much of our life-saving research.”

Plans for the £11million project to replace the school first went on show in 2013.

Councillor Duncan said: “Markethill Primary School is just not suitable. The school is over-crowded, and it has never been suitable for purpose, really.”

Last month, to prevent the school’s over-crowding from reaching tipping point, the local authority capped its school roll to 469 – 30 over the its intended working capacity.

Already a subscriber? Sign in