School consultations timetable

Monday May 10th 2021

Midlothian Council Fairfield House Main

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Communities will take part in 10 consultations over the future of their schools in the next three years as Midlothian Council moves forward with an ambitious £290million programme.

Plans to build a new high school in Gorebridge and campus at the new Shawfair, as well as four new primary schools, alongside replacing and extending a further 15 schools and campuses in the next five years, will be presented to councillors for approval this week.

Ten of the proposals will require statutory consultations, with three planned for this year.

A report to councillors reveals that the first consultations involve a planned new primary school at Easthouses and one at Hopefield Farm, Bonnyrigg, as well as plans to replace Mayfield School campus and add Additional Support Needs provision.

Next year, consultations will be held over plans for a new primary school at Gorebridge and new Beeslack High School, as well as new Auchendinny Primary School.

A planned new secondary school for Gorebridge which was due to be built by 2024 has been pushed back a year, with the consultation on its plans now scheduled for 2023/24.

In the same year, people will be asked to give their views on three other projects – a new Lasswade Primary School, refurbishment and extension of Penicuik High School, and the new Shawfair school campus.

Councillors will be asked this week to delegate power to hold the consultations to the executive director of children, young people and partnerships, Fiona Robertson.

The report says:

“Projects involving potential school closures are excluded from this proposed delegation of authority and governance will continue to be sought from council to proceed to statutory consultation on any school closure proposal.”

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