Pipeland petition presented to Council

Councillor David Ross is pictured receiving the petition from Parent Voice campaigners Chris Wallard (centre) and Colin Brown.
Councillor David Ross is pictured receiving the petition from Parent Voice campaigners Chris Wallard (centre) and Colin Brown.

A petition of over 600 signatures has been delivered to Fife Council by campaigners in favour of the proposal for a new Madras College at the Pipelands site in St Andrews.

The petition was handed to Council leader David Ross at Fife House and calls for an end to what it describes as “pointless delays in the development of the new school”.

Cllr Ross said: “I believe this petition is another sign of the significant level of public support for this proposal in St Andrews and the surrounding area. I was able to give the campaigners who delivered the petition the assurance that the Council is determined to push forward with its plan to develop the new secondary school at Pipelands.

“This proposal has already been granted planning permission in principle and signed off by the Scottish Government. This is the only viable site in the area that meets the Council’s criteria for the standard of school we aspire to for our young people.

“I am disappointed that a judicial review has been initiated by three individuals opposed to the development of the new school here, but I am confident that the Council has a robust case.

“The Council is moving forward with the development of the new school as quickly as it can, recognising the need for a detailed planning application to be given due consideration, and without jeopardising its legal position in light of the judicial review.

“The judicial review is unhelpful. I hope those behind it will reconsider and withdraw it, allowing the Council to proceed with the development of this much needed new school.”