Consultation for Portlethen Schools provision

A community consultation event is to be held at Portlethen Academy to look at proposals to develop school and community facilities for the Portlethen and Hillside area.

The event, which will take place on Wednesday April 24 from 4pm to 7.30pm, has been organised by Aberdeenshire Council.

It comes after recent revised capacity figures produced by the local authority showed that there will be a shortfall of primary school places in the area very soon.

Councillor Alison Evison said: “The residents who have been part of the Stakeholder Group have made a tremendous contribution to moving things forward.

“I am delighted that the discussions on primary school provision in Portlethen have reached this positive stage. I hope that as many people as possible can attend this event and put forward their views.”

The revised capacity figures take into account the core facilities of each school, used for PE and dining, as well as space needing to be set aside for additional support needs and pre-school education.

They do not consider temporary classrooms separated from the main school building as part of a school’s provision.

At a recent meeting of the Stakeholders Group, five options for developing education provision in Portlethen were proposed by Council officers, all of which involve building on the land set aside for educational provision at Hillside.

These options have been scored according to a cost and educational value matrix and will be presented to members of the public at the upcoming consultation event.

A decision about which of the options to put into practise will be made by the Policy and Resources Committee in June of this year.