Lochhead to raise questions over new school planning

Richard Lochhead to raise concerns over Lossiemouth High School
Richard Lochhead to raise concerns over Lossiemouth High School

COMMUNITY CONCERNS OVER the future of the planned new Lossiemouth High School are to be raised by Richard Lochhead.

The MSP’s intervention has come after it was revealed that Moray Council will consider proposals next week that could see a new school being built without a swimming pool being included.

As reported by insideMoray on Friday, that is despite it being made clear by the Scottish Futures Trust that an additional £2million would be provided to meet the costs of a replacement school in the town that included a swimming pool.

Now the MSP has said that after speaking to several constituents it is clear that the community has welcomed the SNP Government’s commitment to replace the school – and he hopes that the new building will include the same sport and leisure facilities the town currently has access to.

Councillors will consider the proposals at a meeting on Wednesday – and Mr Lochhead will meet with the Chief Executive of Moray Council, Roddy Burns, 24 hours earlier with the new High School at the top of their agenda.

The MSP said: “Having spoken to many people in Lossiemouth I know that parents, as well as the rest of the community, are absolutely delighted that the Scottish Government has committed to a replacing the existing high school, which is in poor condition.

“Naturally, people in Lossie would like to see the new school include the same facilities that the whole community currently enjoy and benefit from. People are understandably concerned to hear that council officers are recommending that local councillors say no to replacing the swimming pool and leisure facilities.

“Given that Lossiemouth swimming pool is one of the most well used leisure facilities in Moray it would be a real shame for a replacement not to be included in the plans and I will be making these points to the Council’s Chief Executive when we meet on Tuesday.”