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School upgrade costs report call
Dumfries and Galloway Council headquarters
A detailed report has been called for into the school upgrade
Concerns about rising costs of a school refurbishment programme in Dumfries and Galloway have prompted a call for an urgent report into the matter.

Fears had been voiced over the 23m budget rise to upgrade schools outside Public Private Partnership (PPP) plans.

Education councillors were told the gap was between basic refurbishment costs and preferred plans for the 15 schools.

A report will come back in May as the authority seeks to decide the way forward for the proposals.

New education committee chairman Willie Scobie had expressed concern about the apparent hike in costs for the non-PPP schools upgrade from 22m to 45m.

'Clear indication'

He called for a full report so that councillors could decide how to progress the plans.

"In terms of whether we are at the 22m or 45m figure I have asked for an early report on the position to be brought back no later than May," he said.

"We need a clear indication of where we are going with non-PPP."

Councillor Sandra McDowall agreed that colleagues needed to clarify their preferred option in order to establish the final budget.

"We really do need to get a report back here so we can make a decision on what options to take.

"It may be that we decide the only one we can do is the base refurbishment," she said.

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