Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Chair of the Education Committee Councillor Jeff Leaver have called upon the Scottish Government to accept that plans to build a massive ‘Super School’ at the Crichton are dead in the water.
Responding to a question on the Dumfries Learning Town project from Elaine Murray MSP in Parliament on 28th January 2015, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan MSP stated that “the Government has taken a different view from the council since it moved away from its initial proposals, which would have seen the hub centred on the Crichton campus.”
Plans for a ‘Super School’ at the Crichton were dropped following opposition from teachers, parent councils, the Roman Catholic Church and parents and the current Dumfries Learning Town project was introduced by the Labour led council.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“The Scottish Government should stop playing politics with Education and get fully behind Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Learning Town project. The ‘Super School’ proposals were thrown out because they would have been bad for education.
“Conversely, the creation of a specialised learning hub in the heart of Dumfries is innovative and will provide opportunities for people of all ages.”
Chair of the Education Committee Councillor Jeff Leaver added:
“I sincerely hope that this is simply the minister not being up to date with the current plans for the Dumfries Learning Town and he needs to be aware that we are not considering any plans for a massive ‘Super School’ at the Crichton which already suffers from the chaos of current traffic.
“Our Learning Town proposals will see new plans to invest £100m in transforming schools in Dumfries, including new Dumfries and Maxwelltown High Schools, the refurbishment of Dumfries Academy and St Joseph’s College and building a specialist Learning Hub in North West Dumfries.
“It’s time for the SNP Government to join teachers, parents and pupils in support of our current Learning Town proposals.”