Community councillors called on to lead on Madras

Mr Wallard wants the community council to lead on public consultation for the school
Mr Wallard wants the community council to lead on public consultation for the school

St Andrews community councillors are to be challenged to re-visit the question of the new Madras College.

The move comes from one of their own members, Chris Wallard, who has written to all members of the council asking them to review their position on Madras by consulting the community.

The council has barely discussed the controversy surrounding the location of the new school for two years. Indeed, at the council’s last meeting chairman Howard Greenwell’s move to open a discussion on the situation was met with resounding silence.

Now Mr Wallard wants councillors to move to ask St Andreans what they want and take a position reflecting that view: “The future of Madras is one of the most pressing and important challenges that the town has faced in many years. I argue that, once Fife Council has outlined the options for the new Madras College, this community council should conduct a full, impartial consultation to establish the current views of parents, children and other residents so that we can genuinely speak on their behalf.

“If we can’t find the will and resources to do so, then I believe we are fundamentally failing in our primary duty.”

In the letter Mr Wallard also declares his own interest in the issue: “I am a spokesman for, and member of, Parent Voice which has campaigned for a new Madras at Pipeland. I have not funded, made or received financial donation to or from any of the parties involved, and have had no personal involvement with any legal action on the subject.”

He calls on his fellow community councillors to follow his example: “I would also urge all community councillors to be completely transparent on any links that they may have with the parties involved and to formally declare any interest that they may have,” warning that failure to do so would “bring justifiable anger from our community.”

But Mr Wallard adds: “It is not the views of particular individuals that we should seek to reflect. It is the view of our whole community.