£1.2M to fund school extension

Work has begun on the new Dunbar Primary School at Hallhill.
Work has begun on the new Dunbar Primary School at Hallhill.

A cheque for over £1.2million has been presented to East Lothian Council to fund the extension of Hallhill Primary School to meet the needs of the expanding community.

The sum of £1,269,793.88 has been contributed by Hallhill Developments Ltd (HDL), which has been involved in re-invigorating the community at Dunbar for more than 22 years.

The cheque fulfils the 
developer’s promise to ensure the school could accommodate the influx of new families to the area.

Since development started in 2000, HDL has facilitated the building of over 700 private homes and delivered considerable community benefit including the gifting of 15 acres for the Healthy Living Centre,as well as the endowing and gifting of a further 47 acres for community woodland and providing the site for Hallhill Primary School.

HDL has also undertaken road improvements to the A1, Spott Road and the Eweford underpass and encourage the creation of over 700 new jobs, helping to sustain many existing jobs within the community.

The cheque was presented to by Ken Ross OBE, agent for HDL to Councillor Norman Hampshire and Ms Helen Gillanders Head Teacher at Dunbar Primary School.

Ken Ross, OBE, the agent for HDL, said: “I am glad that the excellent 
educational facilities at Hallhill will be further enhanced as a result of this contribution.”

He went on: “We promised to make this payment to allow the school to be extended to meet changing local circumstances as a result of our 
development which has helped to establish Hallhill and Dunbar as a thriving community that is now a very desirable location in which to live, work and play.”