Scottish Borders Council to consider next steps in Eyemouth Primary and Early Learning & Childcare provision replacement

Scottish Borders Council is to consider a report that seeks approval to extend the options appraisal and feasibility study on the replacement of the current Eyemouth Primary School and Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) provision.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 27th August 2020, 6:00 am

Detailed costing and design work has already been carried out on proposals to construct a new primary, ELC provision and community campus on the site of the former High School in Eyemouth.

However, responding to concerns raised by the local community about some elements of the proposal, the Council is now looking to undertake a detailed feasibility of alternative options potentially available to replace the primary school.

These include:

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1. Continue with the planned Primary School and ELC Community Campus on the former Eyemouth High School site.

2. Create a 3-18 Campus located at the current Eyemouth High School, which is currently significantly under capacity

3. Create a two Campus model comprising Primary 1-4, ELC and community facilities as replacement of the current primary school with a P5-7 campus located at the current Eyemouth High School, alongside existing secondary pupils.

If agreement is given to proceed with the options appraisal and feasibility study, a robust engagement and consultation process would then be undertaken to give the local community the opportunity to provide their feedback.

Councillor Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council Leader, said: “The community have spoken loud and clear that they are absolutely committed to replacing the primary and ELC provision for the Eyemouth community and the Council is committed to doing so as a priority. But there were lots of concerns locally about the plans that had been put forward.

“What we need to do now is look in detail at all the possible options available to us and give the Eyemouth community the chance to feed back their suggestions and concerns so we can progress with the best possible solution for everyone.

“I have every confidence that, together, we will be able to achieve a successful outcome in Eyemouth.”

If a new feasibility study is approved a further report with its findings will be presented back to Elected Members in around three months’ time.

The report is due to be considered at a meeting of Scottish Borders Council today (Thursday, August 27).