Decision day for Pipeland

A decision on the new Madras College is due tomorrow.
A decision on the new Madras College is due tomorrow.

Tomorrow could see the end to arguments over the location of St Andrews’ new Madras College as Court of Session judge Lord Doherty gives his judgement in the judicial review of the decision to site the new school at Pipeland.

After years of planning and debate over the location of the new Madras College, Lord Doherty will deliver his judgement in the Court of Session tomorrow on whether Fife Council was right to choose Pipeland as the site for the new school.

The St Andrews Environmental Protection Association Ltd (STEPAL) is sought the judicial review, which examined the council’s decision making process in agreeing to Pipeland as the site for the new school. STEPAL argued that the process was flawed, but Fife Council have vigorously denied that was the case and that its processes were correct.

STEPAL was formed by three former teachers at Madras, including former rector Lindsay Matheson.

Fife Couoncil continued with detailed planning for the school while Lord Doherty considered the case, although if the judge decides in STEPAL’s favour it could mean the council will be forced to start from scratch in determining where Madras should be located in the future.