A NEW £4 million Gaelic primary school is to be built on a former BMX track on Ardgour Road in Caol,Fort William after a bid to defer a decision on where to site the development failed on Thursday,September 6 2012.
Highland Council had originally preferred the nearby Blar Mhor as the location for the school,but a recent report said peat removal at the Blar would add around £900,000 to the cost.
Highland Council’s adult and children’s services (ACS) committee rejected the new recommendation to place the school in Caol two weeks ago.
The committee sided with local Councillors Eddie Hunter and Allan Henderson,who disputed the extra costs and wanted to defer the decision until more accurate costings could be produced.
But an amendment put forward by Lochaber Councillor Andrew Baxter at a heated council meeting in Inverness to overturn the committee’s decision was passed by 43 votes to 27,with one abstention.
The amendment was signed by all SNP,Labour and Lib Dem ASC committee members,plus Councillor Baxter and his Lochaber colleague Bill Clark.
For the full story see The Oban Times,September 13 2012 or on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital