Published: 20/03/2017 17:00 - Updated: 20/03/2017 17:09

New site not practical for Elgin school

Counccillor Stewart Cree
Councillor Stewart Cree

LINKWOOD Primary will have to move after a major gas pipeline was discovered running through the site.

While Moray Council officer are confident the new school will be open for pupils in the summer of 2019, the find has the potential to disrupt the progress of the £11.5 million building.

At the first meeting of the local authority’s sustainable education sub committee this afternoon, chairman Stewart Cree said the project to build the primary in the south east of Elgin, was the most difficult in term of risk management he has seen during his 10 years as a councillor.

The school forms part of Springfield Properties’ planning application to construct 870 homes along with shops and community buildings including a sports centre and a second primary, which is currently being considered.

As the school cannot be built within 85 meters either side of the gas pipe, Springfield has offered an amended site for Linkwood Primary, which the report before members at the meeting describes as "constrained in terms of shape and topography and its practicality for a school".

The go ahead was given for the construction of the new school last year after a it was revealed most of Elgin’s primaries were fill to near capacity.

New Elgin Primary faces particular problems with a current school roll of over 500.

When built, Linkwood Primary will cater for 464 school and 40 nursery pupils and is expected to share the sports centre facilities.

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