Fife Council to review site options for new Madras College

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FIFE Council has agreed to review site options in St Andrews for a new single site school for Madras College.

At a meeting of the council’s new Executive Committee today (Thursday) councillors discussed two options for the future of the school – to go ahead with the re-modelling of Kilrymont campus or to go back to the local community and consult again on different site options.

Leader of the council and chair of the new Executive Committee, Alex Rowley, told the Citizen: “We have to get this right for St Andrews and Tay Bridgehead and the future generations who deserve a state-of-the-art building for their education.

‘‘It’s vital that we have the backing of the local community for this important decision. That’s why we’ve decided to make sure all the alternatives are reviewed so that we get the right site for a new Madras that is fit for purpose.”

Councillors took into consideration the results of a consultation exercise carried out by the council earlier this year where statutory consultees voted in favour of a remodelled Kilrymont. However, when the consultation was widened to take into account the views of the wider community, a larger majority were against the proposals.

Councillor Rowley added: “We will be taking swift action on this issue and speaking to all the relevant parties, including the University of St Andrews, as quickly as possible to move this forward.

“We are committed to ending the uncertainty for the local community, teachers and pupils and taking a decision that is right for St Andrews and Tay Bridgehead.

‘‘Given the background to this project we will want to take the school and wider community with us at every stage of this project and find the right solution as soon as it’s practical to do so.”