Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Skye politicians have pledged to work together to try and secure a new building for the ailing Broadford Primary. 

Yesterday (Wednesday 21 June) Highland Council's new People's Committee – which includes education as part of its remit – rubber-stamped £350,000 funding for the new modular classrooms which are replacing the old and leaking portakabins.

The modular classrooms are now in place, and it is hoped that pupils and teachers will be able to use them before the summer break. 

However, concerns remain over the overall poor condition of the main building – which has damp problems stemming from its flat roof, the poor fabric of the building, peeling décor and inadequate toilet facilities.

It has yet to appear on the local authority's capital funding project list, which has still to be finalised and discussed with the newly elected members, despite a recent visit from Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson. 

Skye MSP Kate Forbes said: "I have been in regular contact with parents of Broadford Primary School, which is in a very poor state of disrepair.

"I am pleased to hear that the new modular classrooms for Gaelic Medium pupils will be operational for staff and pupils next week. This improves the situation considerably for some children but not the school as a whole. 

"Whilst this short-term measure is very welcome, I urge Highland Council not to lose sight of the bigger picture.  The bottom line is that Broadford Primary School requires multi-million-pound investment to bring the building up to the same standard as other Highland schools. 

"I understand that a review of the local authority's overall capital programme is underway, and the outcome of this will not only determine the level of funding but also the timescale for future refurbishment.

"I hope the council can work with parents and local elected representatives like Councillors John Finlayson, Callum MacLeod and myself to achieve positive change."

Councillor John Finlayson, who pressed the case for Broadford at today's committee meeting, added: "I feel very strongly that Broadford Primary School needs to appear on the council's capital build programme very soon. 

"Children, parents and the community of Broadford deserve to have some indication of when they can expect a new school. 

"During the last administration a business plan had been started about building a new school and this needs fast tracked to ensure the young people of Broadford are educated in a school that is both wind and watertight and also fit for purpose to meet the demands of 21st century education.

"Along with all the other councillors on Skye we will be working hard to ensure a new school is built in Broadford and it is encouraging to get support from our local MSP in supporting our ambitions. 

"Hopefully together we can all work together to support the children, parents and wider community of Broadford and the surrounding area."

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