Consultation on proposed new Ardrossan Community Campus moving to next stage
Posted on 6 Jun 2019
OVER 2500 people shared their views on proposals for a new school and community facility in Ardrossan.
The responses formed the first phase of engagement after North Ayrshire Council revealed ambitious initial plans for the campus at a meeting of Cabinet in January, 2019.
Councillors will consider these further before putting forward more detailed proposals which will then be subject to statutory consultation.
The majority of the school communities – including teachers, staff and parents/carers – were in favour of the plans for a new Campus at the North Shore site which would comprise of a new Ardrossan Academy, Winton Primary School, pool and fitness suite, library and Health Social Care Partnership offices.
Pupils from Ardrossan Academy visited local primary schools within the cluster area to lead the engagement exercise. Parent Councils and staff reference groups were also involved in distributing surveys and collating results.
The consultation process with the wider community was carried out online and attracted 363 responses and these were more split on aspects of the proposals.
The Council revealed proposals in January and are looking to create a state-of-the-art facility which will see education, work related training, further and higher education and employers operating side by side giving young people clear pathways into employment. It will also play a key part in their overall plans to regenerate the area.
North Ayrshire Council has allocated £31.5 million from its capital plan to replace Ardrossan Academy but are keen to access Scottish Government funding that will allow them take a more innovative approach and bring the development forward.
They are also aware that the Scottish Government – who have recently committed a further £1 billion towards rebuilding schools across Scotland – will be looking for ambitious and creative thinking to secure funding. A like-for-like school would not meet the requirements for this additional funding.
Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education and Youth Employment, said: “This pre-engagement exercise will be hugely beneficial. A huge thanks to everyone who took part.
“With any development of this scale, which involves and affects so many from various communities, there is going to be debate and lots to consider.
“As a Council we will always listen to our communities. We want to know what people are thinking and this in turn gives us an idea of the main issues. We can then address these concerns and provide answers.
“What I will say is that the proposals we have are hugely ambitious and incredibly exciting. This is much, much more than just a new school. This is a new direction and we’re excited about the path we are taking.
“We have lots to consider over the next few weeks, including further engagement with local communities, and we look forward to putting forward more detailed proposals later this year. There will again be further opportunities for people to have a say at the statutory consultation stage.”
More details of the pre-engagement exercise can be found in our Cabinet agenda.