Consultation on Forfar Academy community campus

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ANGUS Council is to seek the views of local people on plans to create a Forfar Academy Community Campus.

The council has already submitted a successful bid for Scottish Government funding for the project to replace the current school which is recognised as being in a poor condition.

A meeting of the council’s Education Committee on Thursday (yesterday) agreed to undertake consultation with the people of Forfar and the surrounding area on a proposal to incorporate leisure facilities, including a new swimming pool, as part of the development.

The community engagement exercise will take place during February and will involve staff, pupils, parents/carers and residents of Forfar.

The views expressed during this exercise will inform decisions about which facilities are to be incorporated on this site, and to identify opportunities to work in partnership with the local community.

The council’s education spokesperson Councillor Sheena Welsh said: “The council has recognised that a new school building is needed at Forfar Academy, which could incorporate a community campus with leisure facilities.

“We now need the people of Forfar and the surrounding area to share their views on this proposal with us, and to work with us in developing first class educational and recreational facilities for the town.”

The £33.6m community campus would be located on the existing Forfar Academy site, and could be constructed by spring 2017.

See next week’s paper for full details.