Schools campus “fantastic” for Easter Ross

Tain Royal Academy
Tain Royal Academy

Councillors have chosen their preferred site for the new ages 3-18 campus in Easter Ross.

The Tain facility will be built on the site of the existing secondary school in the town – Tain Royal Academy.

The decision of the education, children and adult services committee means that the plans will now go out for public consultation.

The proposals include relocating three schools – Tain Craighill Primary, Knockbreck Primary and St Duthus – to the academy site.

Some 900 pupils will benefit from the changes.

Councillor Fiona Robertson said it was a suitable site but raised concerns about car parking and the future growth of the school roll.

She said: “There will be challenges and I have some concerns about this particular site.

“The existing car parking at Tain Royal Academy is extremely poor and is a very congested area.”

Councillor Alasdair Rhind said: “It would be good to look at the future growth of Tain and Easter Ross to make sure that we have a good school for the future, not just for years ahead but for decades.”

Councillor Jamie Stone said it was a “fantastic” project for the area.

Chairman of the committee, councillor Alasdair Christie said that a traffic assessment would be part of the consultation.

A public meeting will be held on September 15.

A report collating the consultation responses will be considered by the council early next year.