Campus progress

Three members of the City of Brechin and District Community Council met with Gordon Cargill, Project Manager, and Steve Dempsey, Brechin High School Head Teacher, recently in order to find out what progress is being made on the Brechin Community Campus project.

They were encouraged to hear that the full design team and technical experts are now on board.

The project is now in the concept design stage and it is hoped that initial design information will be available in by early December for the community to examine and comment on.

Gordon and Steve gave assurances that they believe the right calibre of personnel are included to ensure that the project will be seen as benefiting all ages.

During the construction phase the community should benefit from employment and training opportunities including work placements, apprenticeships and other personal development benefits.

Convener for the community council, Grahame Lockhart commented: “We were keen to hear about progress and to be able to keep the community informed.

“Officers are committed to advising the local community as matters move forward and we are greatly encouraged by that.

“We re-emphasised some of the concerns the community has and how important it will be that the issue of travel is addressed very shortly and have been assured that the appropriate officers have this in hand.

“The time frame for completion of phase one is for the new campus to be occupied by August 2015.

“Although this has slipped, we were advised that it was in order to comply with all the necessary steps to guarantee the Scottish Government funding.

“We will be keeping in contact with officers and making sure the community is updated regularly.

“All three of us have been encouraged by the openness of officers in our discussions.”

Angus Council is proposing to build a new community campus to replace Brechin High School on the existing site.

Phase 1 of the project will include the construction of the new campus building.

The demolition of old school buildings and external works, including the provision of new car parking and a synthetic sports pitch, will be progressed as Phase 2 of the project.

The new campus will incorporate the replacement for Brechin High School, enhanced community leisure facilities, and a performance space and accommodation for adult learning and youth activities.