New Broadford school edges a step closer thanks to campaigners

The deteriorating condition of Broadford Primary School has been well documented.

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A new primary school for Broadford in 2021 is a step closer after Highland councillors agreed the dilapidated Skye building must be included as a top priority in the local authority’s new schools investment plan.

At a special meeting last Thursday, August 22, Highland Council approved its priority list of schools which means a new, multi-million pound campus for Broadford – including a service point, library and nursery – will be top of its Capital Plan Refresh Programme. Further clarity on the building timeline is expected in October.

The development follows years of campaigning from parents, Skye Councillor John Finlayson and constituency MSP Kate Forbes.

Ms Forbes said: ‘A new school doesn’t happen overnight and councillor John Finlayson, the parent council and I have been working closely for years to drive things forward.

‘There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is excellent news that Highland Council has committed to building a new campus in Broadford. We’re heading in the right direction. It is good to see there is an end goal of 2021.’

Councillor Finlayson added: ‘It is great that all the hard work by so many in the community who have engaged constructively with myself and officers of the council and our MSP to get to this stage has borne fruit.

‘Having the concerns and challenges of Broadford Primary School recognised by this prioritisation is a special milestone for the community and we look forward with anticipation to getting the project moving and to getting a new, fit-for-purpose school and community facility open in the near future.’