At Cabinet last week East Ayrshire councillors approved a consultation programme to support the vision for a new Learning and Enterprise Campus serving the Cumnock and Auchinleck areas.
The proposed new campus development in the Broomfield area of Cumnock, provisionally labelled the Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus, would include a merged primary school, incorporating Greenmill Primary School and Early Childhood Centre and Barshare Primary School, Supported Learning Centre and Early Childhood Centre; Hillside School, and a merged Auchinleck Academy and Cumnock Academy and Supported Learning Centre.
The proposals also include further education and business enterprise facilities. The campus design will be sympathetic to the architecture of Cumnock, continuing the theme at the neighbouring Knockroon development, and will also include excellent sports and recreation facilities accessible by the community. Parents, staff, children and young people will be given a role in developing the design for the campus.
The project will be the biggest capital project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council, with costs in the region of cost of £63.5m. Subject to completion of all necessary consultations and procurement procedures, it is intended that construction will begin in 2017, with primary and special schools opening towards the end of 2018, with the secondary school scheduled for opening in 2019.
Councillor Eoghann MacColl, spokesperson for Lifelong Learning said: “This will see the creation of a state of the art learning environment for our children and young people and the educational and recreational benefits will be phenomenal.
“This significant investment requires community support and buy-in and I very much look forward to hearing the views of parents, carers and families as we proceed with these proposals.”
The formal consultation period will commence on Thursday 12 February and will end on Friday 27 March 2015. Two public meetings will be held at Auchinleck Academy on 5 March at 7pm and at Cumnock Academy on 4 March at 7pm. It is also intended to hold meetings at all of the associated primary schools.
Interested Parties are invited to make written submissions to the Executive Director of Educational and Social Services, East Ayrshire Council, London Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7BU; email:firstname.lastname@example.org.