Barrhill primary extension cash

Funding has been agreed by South Ayrshire Council to upgrade and extend Barrhill Primary School and to build a new extension to Doonfoot Primary School.

The council’s approved asset management plan and school estate management plan sets out the investment priorities for schools over the next 15 years and the upgrade and extension of Barrhill Primary School and the extension of Doonfoot Primary School are identified priority projects within the first five-year programme.

Funding from the £2million 2014-15 schools refurbishment budget will be used to carry out the improvements − £1.1m funding for the work at Barrhill Primary School and £469,012 for the extension at Doonfoot Primary School.

The designs for Barrhill Primary School are complete with the necessary planning consent and building warrants are in place. The project is now ready to go to tender with the proposal that work begins in August 2013 with an anticipated completion date of June 2014. The school will be decanted to the community hall during the building work.

Councillor Robin Reid, resources and performance portfolio holder said: “This is fantastic news for the communities of Barrhill and Doonfoot. Ensuring that our children have accommodation that is fit to educate them in the 21st century is crucial for their development.”

Councillor Margaret Toner, lifelong learning portfolio holder said: “Schools lie at the heart of our communities, whether they are in a village or an area of expanding housing, every child in South Ayrshire deserves a light, bright learning environment.”