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A RECENT meeting of the local authority’s education committee heard that Angus Council had successfully bid for funding from the government’s ‘Schools for the Future’ investment programme.

The committee heard that it is anticipated that the government contribution towards the project will be approximately £16 million.

Education convener Sheena Welsh said: “I am pleased that the government has recognised the need to invest in a new school building for Forfar Academy. The poor condition of the present building has made its replacement one of the council’s priorities, and the announcement will allow us to move forward in developing a project brief.

“We will, of course, be engaging will the pupils, parents, staff and the wider community with initial consultation taking place in early 2013.”

A further bid from the council for £3.5 million from the programme towards the Arbroath primary schools project was unsuccessful.

“It is disappointing that this additional funding will not be available to accelerate improvements to Arbroath primary schools, said Councillor Welsh. “However the council remains committed to the project and has a significant funding package of more than £10 million in place.

“We are now considering the feedback from our initial consultation on the broad options for improving primary school buildings in the town, and will bring forward a further report in the New Year.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to give us their views which will be taken into account as specific priorities for improving the Arbroath primary school estate are identified.

“In taking forward agreed priorities we will, of course, engage closely with those communities involved.”