The constituency MSP for Skye has welcomed confirmation from Highland Council that both Broadford and Dunvegan Primary Schools are now “key school investment priorities” and will be included in a future funding bid to the Scottish Government.
Over the past decade, Highland Council had not asked the Scottish Government for a single penny for a redevelopment project for either of the beleaguered buildings.
Last year footage emerged of water pouring into Dunvegan Primary School, whilst Broadford has limited disabled access, as well as no safe drinking water supply nor a gym hall for pupils.
Kate Forbes MSP, who received the latest news in a letter from Sandra Campbell, the local authority’s interim director of care and learning, described the new approach from the council as “refreshing”.
The Skye MSP said: “I’ve met with the new chief executive of Highland Council and her proactive approach to school buildings in Broadford and Dunvegan is refreshing.
“Within a matter of weeks of her appointment, I met to press home the importance of prioritising new school buildings for Broadford and Dunvegan.
“I’m grateful that the interim director of care and learning has confirmed that the council has identified Broadford and Dunvegan Primary schools as key priorities and they have been progressing discussions with local communities about options.
“It is very important that, since the Scottish Government announced an additional £1billion for the schools programme, that plans progress so that the building projects are shovel-ready when the Council bids for Scottish Government schools funding.
“There is a lot of work to be done, but it is excellent news that the council appears to have a plan, it recognises the importance of Broadford and Dunvegan Primary Schools and finally we’re moving in the right direction.”
Skye and Raasay Councillor John Finlayson said that he too was pleased with the ongoing work that officers were currently taking forward to support partnership working with the Scottish Government.
He added: “A major ingredient in terms of bringing these badly needed projects to fruition will be joined up working and a shared vision.
“The community, staff, parents, Highland Council officers and our MSP have all worked together to plan ahead to ensure that Broadford and Dunvegan receive 21st century schools that provide pupils with a 21st century learning environment.”