Plans progressing well for campus

Forfar Academy.
Forfar Academy.

Members of Forfar Community Council were given an insight into progress being made on plans for the new community campus.

Although running slightly behind schedule, Gordon Cargill and Craig Clements of Angus Council explained a number of changes had been made to the initial plans, following the public consultation.

Mr Clements said: “We are slightly behind where the Scottish Government wanted us to be. It was hoped everything would be signed off by March 2014 but we have kept the government informed.

“We are looking to have everything finalised by September this year ready for phase 1 to be completed by September 2016 with phase 2, the demolition of the current school building, beginning in October 2016.

“This is a fairly realistic time table for a fairly substantial building totalling £39 million, which is still within budget.”

The meeting was told a “huge amount of work” has been going on in the background with the public consultation providing “really helpful feedback.”

Changes to the parking arrangements have been modified to provide an “in” and “out” vehicular access off the Kirriemuir Road and there will now be two front doors to the building. The location for the playgroup has also been changed.

Mr Cargill said: “The playgroup was on the first floor but has been moved to the ground floor which is a more accessible position.”

He talked the community councillors through the sports facilities, which will replace those at Forfar Swimming Pool and the Lochside Leisure Centre, as well as the teaching space.

He concluded: “It has taken a while to get here but we are confident we are moving in the right direction.”

Community councillors raised concerns about the 1270 roll number but were given assurances there was “more than enough space.”