Councillors have approved the latest stage of planning for the new Hillside Primary School proposed for Portlethen by August 2016.
The chairman of Kincardine and Mearns area committee has issued a statement giving details of what the members approved last week, despite giving the casting vote to discuss the matter privately.
North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison had asked that the matter be discussed in public, saying that it was “undemocratic” to keep the discussion under wraps.
e was supported by fellow ward councillors Alasdair Bews and Alison Evison, however area chair Cllr Carl Nelson held the casting vote, and said it should be taken in private. Only the chair is able to issue a statement following a private discussion.
Cllr Nelson’s statement confirmed that members approved the Gateway Stage 2 design and agreed to move on to the next phase, Gateway Stage 3.
He added: “The cost estimate was approved at £12,896,700. A site start on the construction is programmed for May 2015 with a view to the school being completed and handed over in July 2016.
‘‘It will have a capacity of 355 pupils although the core facilities will cater for 450 so that the school could be extended in the future if required.
‘‘The committee discussed the size of the site and the proposed capacity noting that it was negotiated some 10 years ago and that the council now provides a greater space standard for its schools.
‘‘Negotiations are ongoing regarding the transfer of the site to the council and the work required in relation to this.
‘‘The committee was advised that it is not envisaged that the transfer of the site will become critical in terms of timing of the delivery of the new school.”