South Scotland

Scottish Borders Council makes new schools pledge

Galashiels Academy
Image caption Mr Parker said work was ongoing to give special attention to the situation in Galashiels

The leader of Scottish Borders Council has promised more new schools and major property upgrades despite the economic constraints facing the authority.

New primaries for Clovenfords and West Linton are in the pipeline as well as a revamp of the old Berwickshire High School site for use by Duns Primary.

David Parker said he was confident more such projects could be undertaken.

He said the council would meet soon to look at where further works were needed across the region.

"I would imagine that early in the life of the new council, after the election in May, that a whole series of new and refurbished schools will be announced at that time as they set out the five-year plan going forward," he said.

"Galashiels schools provision is very important to us and we are already taking forward a piece of work to look at Galashiels on its own.

"That work will continue and, when it has a result, we will certainly be working hard to see what we can do in Galashiels to try to improve the schools estate there."

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