I’m delighted to pass on this news. Yesterday was an important day.
Best wishes for a restful break.
Yesterday the Scottish Parliament passed the Council’s Private Bill that will allow the new Portobello High School to be built on Portobello Park. The Bill will become an Act once it receives Royal Assent, which we expect will be within four to six weeks. As soon as the legislation is in force the Council will appropriate the park for educational use and formally appoint the contractors, Balfour Beatty, to ensure that the construction of the new school starts on site as quickly as possible.
Edinburgh’s Education Leader, Councillor Paul Godzik said: “This decision will be welcomed by the Portobello community as it clears the legal obstacle that has prevented us building the new Portobello High School on Portobello Park. The young people of Portobello deserve high quality education facilities and I am confident not only that the school community will benefit from our plans but also that the wider local community will be able to enjoy the improved sports and other facilities that will be available when the new school opens, which we anticipate will be in August 2016.”