Decision due on new school

4610037 SSFF bisland school 'site where the new Burntisland PS is to be sited at East Toll Park, Burntisland
4610037 SSFF bisland school 'site where the new Burntisland PS is to be sited at East Toll Park, Burntisland
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Fife Council has published its final report on controversial proposals to build a new primary school on Toll Park in Burntisland.

The education committee will make its decision next Thursday.

While those in favour of Toll Park have welcomed the report, objectors are considering an appeal to the Scottish Government.

Alex MacDonald, chairman of Burntisland Community Council, which objected to the site choice, said inspectors from Education Scotland noted that the proposal had caused ‘‘sharp divisions’’ within the community and that Fife Council must ensure ‘‘all sections of the community perceive they have been fully engaged.’”

Mr MacDonald added “Those are key issues which stem from significant failures in the consultation process.”

He said Fife Council had responded by saying it would amend the plans in the light of comments received, and the Community Council would discuss the report next week.

He added: ‘‘ If we consider Fife Council’s response to be inadequate then we – and indeed all other parties - have the option of asking the Scottish Government to call in the proposal.

“However, time is of the essence and we will do our best to arrive at an early conclusion in the best overall interests of the town.”

Councillor George Kay said: “The comprehensive report shows that the people are largely in favour of Toll Park. I hope that everyone in Burntisland will get behind it so that we can have the new school in place as quickly as possible.’’