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LEARNING TOWN BID NOW PS69m; Council's plan for new Dumfries schools build PHASE TWO OF EDUCATION UPGRADE Dumfries Learning Town Project. bid is now PS69m.

Byline: JACKIE GRANT Overhaul plan Dumfries Academy

A PS69 million council bid will go to the Scottish Government for the next phase of the Dumfries Learning Town Project. Councillors will be told at a meeting on Thursday that more than PS46 million is needed to replace Dumfries High School.

And a further PS22.7 million needs to be spent on refurbishing Dumfries Academy and relocating Loreburn Primary into the Minerva building at the secondary school.

Education committee chairman Jeff Leaver said: "Our council is committed to progressing phase two of Dumfries Learning Town.

"The next round of funding is now available, and we must TURN TO PAGE 6 move swiftly to submit a bid and include it in our capital programme."

The refurbishment element of the academy works includes solutions to the poor accommodation for music and PE on the campus and will address other backlog maintenance issues.

Members will be asked to give the go-ahead for council boss Gavin Stevenson to submit a bid to Holyrood for the money next month.

Further details on the project will be revealed if the application is successful.

The first phase of the

From page 1 project saw the creation of the North West Community Campus, The Bridge learning hub and an overhaul of St Joseph's College.

It was revealed last November that plans for phase two were being drastically scaled back due to financial constraints.

Instead of two new campuses, Dumfries High School. would be replaced and Dumfries Academy,

Laurieknowe and Noblehill p rima ries would be refurbished.

But the "priority" plans were put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.

Education committee vice chairwoman, Ros Surtees, said: "Every pupil deserves the best possible education facilities.

"We've delivered some first-class school buildings across the region, including Da l beat t i e Learning Campus, the Douglas Ewart performing arts facility, and Penninghame Nursery.

"We must now move quickly to further develop our region's school estate."

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Minerva building Plan made for the new site of Loreburn Primary

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Date:Sep 22, 2020
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