Primary schools will get £500k makeover

Over �400,000 is being spent on improving Chirnside Primary School.
Over �400,000 is being spent on improving Chirnside Primary School.

Chirnside and Coldstream primary schools are in line for some upgrading work to the buildings in the coming financial year.

A total of £425,000 has been set aside for upgrading work at Chirnside and £75,000 is being spent on improving windows at Coldstream Primary School, with a further £35,000 to address accessibility at the school - hoists, ramps, accessible doors etc.

The upgrading at Chirnside Primary includes completely remodelling and rebuilding the pupil toilets and including disabled access to the new toilets. Storage in the dining area is also planned so it can be used during the school day and there are plans to replace the single glazed, steel framed windows on the north side of the school to reduce heat loss but these may be subject to change as a result of asbestos surveys and Listed Building Consent discussions.

Scottish Borders Council has set aside £1 million to meet some of the more urgent needs of the region’s school buildings and a review of the school estate is being carried out this year to prioritise use of funds that haven’t already been committed.

The current draft programme (the money hasn’t been allocated to these projects yet) includes new windows for Swinton, Cockburnspath and Greenlaw and improved lighting at Coldstream.

Other capital projects are part of the early years programme and include £150,000 for Eyemouth Primary School early years centre, a new nursery at Cockburnspath Primary School (£200,000) and creating a larger nursery, early years area, entrance, toilets and play area at Coldstream Primary School (£300,000).