A call for a new primary school in Fraserburgh has been made by a councillor in the town.
The suggestion comes as the first phase of a 590 home development on the west of Boothby Road is made available for public comment.
Fraserburgh councillor Charles Buchan, who taught physics at the town’s secondary school prior to being elected, says that the growing community would benefit from a new primary.
He said last night: “I don’t want to get people’s hopes up, but it would certainly be great if we could have a new primary school on the outskirts of Fraserburgh to cater for the new housing.”
A consultation on the rezoning of Fraserburgh’s primary network was undertaken earlier this year. A further consultation has now been planned for the town’s schools after it was revealed there were 650 excess primary places in the town.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “As part of the upcoming consultations, we will be looking at the school networks and there will be opportunities to make suggestions about new schools and related matters.”
Urging parents to take part, Mr Buchan added: “I’m quite interested in what’s going to happen about the rezoning and the study into the school network. Let’s hope parents actually turn up to the consultation meetings to have their say.”
Rachael Goldring, asset project leader for the council, had this month assured members of the council’s education committee that there would be at least three consultations held around the Fraserburgh area.
She said: “I guarantee at this point we don’t have a solution in mind. We will take all the facts and figures. This is an opportunity to come and work with us and have discussions.”
The pledge was echoed by the council’s director of education, Maria Walker, who said: “There is absolutely nothing on the table at this point.”
Full details of the first consultation meeting are still to be confirmed.