Two new schools earmarked for Aberdeen – a sign of growth?
Aberdeen City Council has pledged to build two new schools to help with the rising population in the city – as part of the £130m education package earmarked by the Labour-led administration for the next five years in its budget.
The two new primary schools will be based in Tillydrone and Torry, with £17m and £20m to be spent on these projects, respectively.
This is not the only school project currently taking place in the region – work is also underway for a £5m extension at Greenbrae Primary School in the Bridge of Don.
Other plans as part of the building projects scheme include a new state-of-the-art centre of excellence facility for children with serious and complex needs; a new academy south of the city and a replacement Stoneywood primary school.
So, with all this money being spent on schools in Aberdeen, does this suggest that the council is looking forward to an increase in families in the region?
It seems this might indeed be the case: with new housing developments in both Tillydrone and Torry, there is definitely an increase in school-aged children, and this is only set to grow as the number of homes in the developments are filled.
With council leader Jenny Laing noting that these two schools could be completed by Easter 2019, it does seem that despite the current difficulties in the property market, there are signs of growth ahead. The creation of the two new schools is a strong sign of a return to growth for the region, which will be very welcome.
Laing also made a £20m commitment to build more affordable and council houses in Aberdeen as part of the budget announced by the council last week – another sign of confidence the housing market will begin to pick up again.
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