Councillor Kelly sets wheels in motion for primary school proposal

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A campaign to replace the two existing Campbeltown main stream primary schools with a brand new building has been stepped up.

Argyll First Councillor Donald Kelly put forward a motion at last week’s meeting of the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Area Committee requesting that it support his proposal to request that Argyll and Bute Council look into the possibility of replacing the current ‘crumbling’ buildings of Dalintober and Castlehill with a new one.

The motion was seconded by Councillor Dougie Philand and received the support of all nine councillors including the leader of the council Robin Currie.

‘Both of these school buildings are in a poor state of repair and have had numerous issues which have been well reported,’ said Councillor Kelly.

‘Despite raising this issue with the Director of Education Douglas Hendry and the Education Spokeperson Councillor Yvonne MacNeilly at the most recent meeting of the council my request seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

‘As a result of this, and in attempt to get this on to the council’s capital programme agenda, I put forward the motion at last week’s meeting of the area committee requesting its support.’

The full motion was as follows:

That the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and The Islands Area Committee request:
1. the Community Services committee which exercises the functions of the council
as education authority, to request the executive director with responsibility
for education to prepare a report in respect to the potential for a proposal, in
terms of the School (Consultation) (Sc) Act 2010 for a new Campbeltown
Primary School which would replace the existing primaries of Dalintober and
Castlehill; and

2. that the completed report is presented to a meeting of the Community Service
committee for deliberation in early 2022.

Councillor Kelly had previously raised concerns over the condition of Dalintober Primary School at a council meeting in June 2019.

In January the following year more than 10 classrooms in the oldest part of the school, which was built in the 19th century, had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure after suspended ceiling tiles were knocked into a classroom by a piece of fallen plaster from the ceiling above.

Councillor Kelly added: ‘We must look to the future and it is imperative that the council is proactive and starts working up plans to replace our existing mainstream primary schools with one which is fit for purpose and meets the needs of our community.

‘With this in mind I am delighted that all nine councillors, including the leader of the council councillor Robin Currie, supported my motion.

‘Hopefully this will kick start the long process of delivering a new school.’