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School move proposals scrutinised
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Scottish Borders Council is proposing to move the schools
Public consultation is under way on proposals to move a Borders primary to a new location.

Scottish Borders Council is proposing to switch Kingsland Primary School in Peebles to a site at Neidpath Grazings.

Once vacated, Kingsland would be refurbished to accommodate pupils from the Catholic primary Halyrude.

Consultation will include a public meeting at Kingsland Primary on 23 February with a decision expected from the council in April.

The move comes after previous plans to build two new schools on a shared campus at Violet Bank had to be shelved due to opposition to the scheme and the costs of cleaning up the site.

The proposed new site at Neidpath Grazings is owned by the authority as trustees of the Peebles Common Good Fund.

Peebles councillors Catriona Bhatia, Graham Garvie and Nancy Norman put forward the site as being able to address parental concerns about the move.

The new Kingsland Primary would be able to cope with up to 400 pupils while the refurbished old property could accommodate up to 125 children from Halyrude.

Parents are being urged to attend the consultation meeting by the council as well as local MPs and MSPs.

Tory MP David Mundell and South of Scotland Tory MSP Derek Brownlee asked locals to turn out in force.

"It is vitally important that the new proposals have public support not just from existing parents but future parents and the wider community," said Mr Mundell.

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