Frustration growing over Kelso High replacement delay

Mayor of Kelso, John Bassett.
Mayor of Kelso, John Bassett.

There is growing anger and frustration over the continuing delay to the start of work on the replacement for Kelso High School.

The start of the project was delayed after a European ruling affected a number of new building projects across Scotland.

The law change affected schemes being processed under the Scottish Futures Trust scheme, which were previously being treated as private sector projects, but must now be considered as public sector.

Then, at the start of the summer, there was renewed confidence that construction work on the new £21.4million secondary at Angraflat Road would start soon.

However, much has hinged on the review by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route NPD contract and the implications for Kelso High School.

Scottish finance minister John Swinney told local MSP John Lamont last month that the issues are complex and discussions with the ONS and others are continuing as a priority.

But Kelso provost, John Bassett, says such responses are simply not good enough: “I like many others am getting upset over this; the Scottish Government needs to get its finger out.

“We were told at the last meeting, Scottish Borders Council was hoping to get a answer in January 2016 as to when it will go ahead.”