Council to press on with High School access road plans

Council to press ahead with school road plans

MORAY COUNCILLORS HAVE decided to press ahead with plans to build a new approach road to the proposed Elgin High School project – despite delays in the construction of the building itself.

Work on the new access road will start next week after Councillor’s granted planning permission at a meeting on Thursday.

Earlier this month the local authority had learned that work on the new school had been delayed again with the Scottish Government saying it could not go ahead on schedule because European accounting legislation known as ESA10 had to be completed.

The new approach road will extend from Edgar Road and provide a new access to the new High School and nearby Greenwards Primary.

Council leader Stewart Cree said: “We in Moray Council are as disappointed as everyone else over the difficulties that have arisen in securing the funding that has been promised for the new high school.

“I am confident that these will be overcome – and we have had assurances from the Scottish Government that the funding is in place. However, we are equally determined that the EU wrangle will not affect the momentum of the project.”

It is expected that the new stretch of road linking to the primary school will be completed before the new school term starts in August.

As well as creating new access to the schools the works will bring improved street lighting and a new informal parking area for visitors to the Wetlands.