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North Bute renovation ‘to start this summer’

North Bute Primary parent council chair Liz Ferguson, school head teacher Elizabeth MacMillan and Argyll and Bute Council's education spokesperson Cllr Aileen Morton pictured at the school in Port Bannatyne on January 7.

North Bute Primary parent council chair Liz Ferguson, school head teacher Elizabeth MacMillan and Argyll and Bute Council's education spokesperson Cllr Aileen Morton pictured at the school in Port Bannatyne on January 7.

 

Long-awaited repairs to North Bute Primary School in Port Bannatyne will finally get under way later this year.

The announcement was made by Liz Ferguson, chair of the school’s parent council, following a visit to North Bute by Argyll and Bute Council’s education spokesperson earlier this week.

The renovation will be funded using £200,000 which has been set aside in the authority’s capital budget for several years for improvements to the fabric of the school.

Councillor Aileen Morton was joined by Fraser Harper, an architect from the authority, at a meeting with parent council members and the school’s head teacher Elizabeth MacMillan on January 7.

The meeting heard that the first stage of the renovation will involve the replacement of all the school’s windows, complete re-wiring of the premises, picking and pointing of the outer building and a new roof.

Mrs Ferguson told The Buteman: “This work will be done over the summer holidays to avoid as little disruption to North Bute students and staff.

“We are very pleased after such a long wait that now we are able to move forward and have a more secure school for our children’s future and for the future of children that are new to our school.

“North Bute Parent Council would like to thank Cllr Morton for her support and we hope to be able to continue to work closely with Argyll and Bute Council to get the best for North Bute School in the future months ahead.

“We are proud of North Bute School and we want the best for the children that attend here.”

In November we reported the pledge of council leader Dick Walsh that the new administration in the Lochgilphead council chamber had “no plans for a school closure programme” before the next local elections.

That promise brought to an end more than three years of uncertainty for the school after North Bute was identified as a candidate for closure in 2010 as part of a hugely controversial ‘school estate review’ instigated by a previous administration, which Cllr Walsh also led.

 

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