There has been a mixed reaction to the plans for a new £33 million community campus which will be built at the current Forfar Academy site.
At a public meeting on Thursday evening, council officers and the project’s architect talked through the proposals which bring together the secondary school and leisure facilities - all under one roof.
Whilst nearby residents of Hanick Terrace questioned the siting of the three storey building, senior education manager Craig Clement said: “This is very much an opportunity to improve the school’s learning and teaching environment which would fit in with the wider aspirations of the Curriculum for Excellence. This is an emerging concept - this is not the end product. Staff have pulled out all the stops to get to this position.”
Presenting the proposed design for the building - situated on the current playing fields, Rod Duncan of J. M. Architects said they had reviewed all material gathered during the public consultation and were aware of the views of the Forfar community.
Access was now off the Kirriemuir Road, with no vehicular access off Taylor Street. He talked the audience through the plans - from the swimming pool, cafe area, school library, performance space, through to the sports hall, administration area, fitness suite, gymnasium, two squash courts and teaching areas. There is an all weather pitch, hockey pitch, rugby pitch and grass running track. Concerns on public access to sports facilities and child security were addressed during the meeting whilst Forfar Community Council Chairman Isobel Ross said she was pleased the campus would bring people to the town.