Work set to start on new primary school

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Plans to build a new Primary School for Dailly are a step closer with the official contracts now signed after reaching financial close.

Demolition of the original school building is complete to make way for the new-build phase of the works. Work on the development, funded by South Ayrshire Council, is due to start on 11 April and set to open in the early part of 2017.

The £3.8m project will deliver a replacement school with educational facilities over two levels. The new primary will replace the existing three buildings with a single facility that will support a school capacity of 100 pupils.

The school has also been designed to accommodate 30 children in an integrated nursery.

Valerie Andrews, Executive Director, Resources, Governance and Organisation, South Ayrshire Council, said she it was fantastic the plans were moving ahead, “Supporting our rural areas is a really important to the Council and this latest project will safeguard education in Dailly for generations to come.

“We listened to what the local community said they needed and to date we’ve received excellent feedback on our plans to transform the local school.

“With the main work now getting underway, I’m confident the community will like what they see when the doors open next year.”

The external areas will be developed to create an exciting environment that encourages social interaction and the delivery of outdoor learning.

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of delivery partner, hub South West, said: “With a proven track record of delivering for South Ayrshire, we’re thrilled to be taking forward another prestigious project.

“The signing of contracts is a major milestone for the project but the hard work starts now to make sure we can deliver a first-class facility for the people of Dailly.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship with South Ayrshire Council as we work towards delivering this impressive new educational facility.”

Councillor Alec Oattes said: “This is really good news for the village of Dailly, with regard to Primary School provision, but the statement in paragraph four will jar with local residents who as a result of recent budget decisions have seen the closure of Dailly Library and with that the IT facilities and internet provision for those who do not have this service at home, especially for those who used the Access to Employment Service and who are increasingly having to use the internet for DWP purposes.

“It is going to be well nigh impossible for someone on Job Seekers allowance to spend £6.40 return to travel into the Job Centre in Girvan.”

“What has happened to the goal of encouraging Life-long learning? What about schools being the hub of Community Life? Having attended Dailly Community Council on Wednesday evening I can tell you the heart and soul of local volunteers due to these budget decisions. There now appears to be a long convoluted process to have an IT facility reinstated along with negotiations around energy costs for the Village Hall. As a local Elected member, I am totally depressed about this treatment of Rural Communities throughout Girvan and South Carrick.”