Councillor plans ahead for future of Madras sites

Cllr Brian Thomson at Madras College Kilrymont campus where he wants to see affordable housing when the school vacates the site.
Cllr Brian Thomson at Madras College Kilrymont campus where he wants to see affordable housing when the school vacates the site.
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Even as the outcome of the judicial review into the decision to site Madras College at Pipeland is keenly awaited, one Fife councillor is pushing ahead to work out the future of the school’s existing sites.

St Andrews councillor Brian Thomson revealed this week he is actively seeking meetings with the relevant Fife councillors and officials to start to determine the future of the South Street and Kilrymont sites.

But he queried the role that St Andrews Preservation Trust was playing in the future of the Kilrymont campus. “I’m rather perplexed by the St Andrews Preservation Trust’s attitude to this site. A key recommendation of the St Andrews Town Housing Commission – which the Trust was instrumental in setting up – is that Fife Council ‘actively pursue affordable housing development on the Kilrymont site of Madras College when it becomes available’, yet the Trust is financially backing a judicial review that is preventing the implementation of this key recommendation.

“An obvious use for the Kilrymont Road site would be the development of much needed affordable housing,” he said, but claimed: “The on-going delay caused by the judicial review is delaying the potential development – a use that could transform the lives of so many people who cannot currently access affordable housing in St Andrews.”