Galashiels campus consultation closes

With the public consultation for the proposed Galashiels Community Campus now closed, it has been revealed that the website detailing the options for the new secondary school recorded more than 1,450 visitors.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:08 pm
How the new school could look.

Visitors to the site – which showed the five possible options for the school, with graphics of how the campus would look, including animated fly-throughs – spent an accumulative total of 27 days, 11 hours and 15 minutes on the site at an average of 25 minutes per visit.

It’s been a controversial issue in the town, with many people outraged over the council’s preferred third option taking up a swathe of the neighbouring Scott Park so that pupils can still use the existing academy building while the new school is built.

Some reported difficulty in posting their feedback, saying the system was clunky and they were not able to comment.

However, the council insists that the feedback received from this phase of the consultation will form the basis of a report to council recommending the next steps for the project.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, executive member for children and young people, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the large number of people who have taken the time to share their views on the proposal for the new Galashiels Community Campus.

“Community consultation plays an extremely important part in shaping the final plans for the campus and your views will be considered carefully as this project progresses.”

The consultation will be followed by a Proposal of Application Notice, which will take place during the summer.