The prospect of a new multi-million-pound primary school for Broadford in 2021 is a step closer after Highland councillors agreed that the dilapidated Skye building must be included as a top priority in the local authority’s new schools investment plan.
At a special meeting earlier today (22 August) Highland Council approved its priority list of schools, which means that a new campus for Broadford – including a service point, library and nursery – will be top of its Capital Plan Refresh Programme. Further clarity on the building timeline is expected in October.
Broadford Primary School was described at the meeting as damp, with buckets to collect the water; containing asbestos and the cause of concern regarding the children's welfare. It was noted that the children's health regularly improved during school holidays or when they left for high school.
The development follows years of campaigning from local parents, Skye Councillor John Finlayson and constituency MSP Kate Forbes.
The Skye MSP said: “A new school doesn’t happen overnight, and local councillor John Finlayson, the parent council and myself have all been working closely for years to drive things forward.
“There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is excellent news that Highland Council has committed to building a new campus in Broadford and we’re heading in the right direction.
“I look forward to further announcements from the council about this exciting multi-million-pound project, and it’s good to see there is an end goal of 2021 in sight.”
Councillor John Finlayson added: “It is great that all the hard work done by so many in the community who have engaged so constructively with myself and officers of the council and our MSP to get to this stage has borne fruit.
“Having the concerns and challenges of Broadford Primary recognised by this prioritisation is a very special milestone for the community and we look forward with anticipation to getting the project moving and to getting a new fit for purpose school and community facility open in the near future.”
Norma Morrison, from Broadford Primary Parent Council, commented: “The parent council representatives are thrilled with this milestone leap forward and look forward to continuing their efforts on this exciting project for Broadford and Strath."