As of the 1st February 2016 the first real work has started on the £33 million New Newbattle High school to the surrounding villages of Mayfield and Easthouses, Newtongrange and Gorebridge but also the rural ones that are under the catchment area for Newbattle High.
This is an exciting time for the local communities as the benefits the new school will bring will be huge.
First and foremost are the children/youths who must benefit from this new school in that the school’s attainment levels will hopefully improve in the years after the new school has opened.
Then there is the parents and wider community who will attend the school to sample the wide range of facilities available from this new school hub.
There will be a six lane swimming pool with diving boards also a health suite. Community rooms, multi-purpose main hall, internet café, theatre and cinema, fitness rooms and enhanced library, not to mention the new 4G football pitch and grass rugby pitch.
A fantastic opportunity for all the communities to take advantage off in the years ahead especially the existing pupils and the children who will attend in the future, a future I’m sure they are looking forward to.
I also hope that local businesses and local people will benefit from this huge £33 million project managed by Morrison Construction on behalf of the Scottish Government and Midlothian Council.
It would be a missed opportunity if as promised by the council and Morrison in talks with community leaders that the contractors would work closely with the local communities regarding employment opportunities and work for local contractors.
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