Concerns over temporary arrangements for new primary school

Former Heritage Centre will house pupils until new school is completed
Former Heritage Centre will house pupils until new school is completed

PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN will be affected by Moray Council’s plans to build a new primary school in Elgin have been expressing their concerns over temporary arrangements.

The local authority has said that they will consult with parents over their plans to create a new primary serving the south-east of Elgin.

Initial discussions led to approval of a report put before the Council’s children and young people’s services committee. That backed the plan to create a new school – with temporary arrangements to house some pupils in an annex at the former Heritage Centre.

The temporary arrangement would remain in place until 2018, by which time it is expected the new school would be built on a site just off Linkwood Road.

However, parents are already showing concerns over the temporary arrangements, with posters set to appear around the area publicising that the plans would see one end of Institution Road being closed off with access available only to residents, Anderson’s Care Home and East End Primary school staff.

Parents would no longer be permitted to use the current ‘stop and drop’ area or any parking places within the East End school grounds. In addition, children would be bussed from the south-east school zone to a new bus stop on Queen Street, an arrangement that would exist for around 150 children over the three years it will take to build the new school.

The East End School Parent Council has been updating parents on the situation and reminding them of the two public consultation meetings being held in Elgin Town Hall on January 6.

Parents concerned by the situation can find out more on what is happening through the Parent Council’s Facebook page, where regular updates will be posted.