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Public given first glimpse of the new look Queen Margaret Academy

Communities across South Ayrshire are being invited to find out more about the planned replacement for Queen Margaret Academy (QMA).

South Ayrshire Council is to hold a public exhibition, prior to submitting a formal planning application, to discuss the pre-application proposals on Tuesday 13 December.

Earlier this year it was announced that QMA would receive part-funding from the 'Schools for the Future' programme. The £25million project will see £8.5million committed from South Ayrshire Council and £16.5million from the Scottish Government. Once completed, QMA will transform facilities for the existing school and the wider community for generations.

The Council has been actively engaging with the community to gather their views on the project. In September and October the project team spoke to representatives from the school and the wider area to capture their vision, values, and ideas to ensure their involvement at a key stage in the design process. Children, young people, staff and parents from QMA and its associated primary schools attended workshops along with local community groups.

The next stage will see a public exhibition held at Queen Margaret Academy on Tuesday 13 December between 2.00pm – 8pm.

Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said she expected the event to be well attended, "We've been actively listening to the views of our communities in recent months, and this event offers a valuable opportunity to meet with people face-to-face to discuss progress.

"While the plans are still at an early stage we will continue discussions on what people would like to see from the new school, and try to incorporate their feedback wherever possible.

"I'm sure there will be strong local interest in the exhibition and for anyone who can't attend on the day we're making further opportunities available in the weeks ahead."

Information on the proposed development can be viewed at the South Ayrshire Council website from Tuesday 13 December. Members of the public wishing to comment on the proposed development are invited to do so in person at the exhibition or directly to the agent no later than Fri 23 December 2016:

Address: Building Design Partnership, 15 Exchange Place, Glasgow G1 3AN


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