T he article in last week’s Southern about two Border lairds who are offering land for the new school at Kelso is commendable and, I am sure, much appreciated.
To my mind, the obvious place to build a new school is adjacent to the old one – ie. Poynder Park, a central position and therefore more convenient and accessible for both pupils and staff. Also nearer shops – a must for pupils at lunchtime.
In addition, there are surely some parts of the existing school which could be used, in particular the all-weather sports ground and parking facilities. The rugby club is a most important institution both for the sport and social life of the town, and, in these difficult times, deserving of all the support it can get. The plan would be for the rugby club to relocate to the proposed site of the new school – i.e. the ground between Queen’s House and the racecourse. The club would require to have all necessary facilities provided and to be fully compensated. I am convinced that such a plan would be beneficial to both the town and club.
The above is a radical idea, but I believe worthy of serious consideration.
The Tofts, Kelso