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Investment plan puts children at heart of Council priorities

Posted on 28 Feb 2018

North Ayrshire Council reaffirmed its commitment to giving young people the best possible start in life following today's Budget agreement for 2018-19.

The Council approved a 10-year capital plan with investment of £245.7million in projects across North Ayrshire.

And this programme includes ambitious plans to further improve North Ayrshire's schools estate: 

  • A brand-new £9.65m school for the Montgomerie Park area in Irvine as well as investment in infrastructure to support and encourage the ongoing housebuilding programme in the area
  • A new £9.6m school to replace the ageing Moorpark Primary in Kilbirnie
  • The creation of a £5.7m residential and respite unit for children as part of the ongoing proposals to create a new £25m Additional Support Needs School in Stevenston, and
  • A £2.95 million redevelopment at Annick Primary School, Irvine, to create more classrooms, a new PE facility and expanded early years provision.

 These developments form part of the Council’s ambition to make North Ayrshire the best place for children to grow up and underline the Council’s commitment to being a Child-Centred Council by providing high- quality places of learning.

The new schools will be a key part of the enhanced schools estate, which includes the acclaimed Garnock Community Campus, which opened last year, and the new Largs Campus, which is set to open in March. Improvement works are also under way at other schools including Auchenharvie Academy, Kilwinning Academy and Irvine Royal Academy.

Proposals for a new-build school to replace Ardrossan Academy have been re-phased with work due to get under way in 2024-25.

Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: "I think it's fitting that this year - the Year of Young People - we're making a big commitment to our children and their education.

"We want to give our young people the chance to reach their potential - by investing in our school estate, we are making an investment in their future."