Page last updated at 09:05 GMT, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 10:05 UK

School's salvation plans complete

Classroom
A major upgrade will take place at the Borders primary school

A school which once faced being merged with another primary has secured £800,000 towards a major upgrade.

In 2003 it was proposed that Newlands Primary at Romanno Bridge in the Borders be closed and its pupils transferred to West Linton Primary.

But campaigners raised funds to save the school and create a new community facility on a site nearby.

Scottish Borders Council has now agreed to transfer the land to a community trust and support the school overhaul.

In 2005, Scottish Borders Council agreed to postpone that closure while fund-raising started for the new community facility.

This is a pioneering project, which I am sure will be copied by rural communities across the Borders and Scotland
Councillor Catriona Bhatia

Last year the project secured £1m from the Big Lottery Fund - its biggest ever award in the Borders.

Earlier this year it gained more than £800,000 from the Scottish Rural Development Priorities Scheme.

Now SBC has agreed to transfer land next to the school to the Newlands Community Development Trust to allow the project to proceed.

It has also found funding to support a major upgrade of the school.

SBC executive member for education, Catriona Bhatia, said she was delighted the authority had backed the plans.

She said: "In 2005, we gave the Newlands community a challenge that they have more than risen to.

"This is a pioneering project, which I am sure will be copied by rural communities across the Borders and Scotland."



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Cash boost 'averts school merger'
28 Jan 09 |  South of Scotland
Village 'hub' gets lottery boost
10 Jun 08 |  South of Scotland
School buy-out bid hits trouble
18 Jan 08 |  South of Scotland
Cost of saving rural school rises
29 Mar 06 |  Scotland
Parents in 1m vow to save school
18 Feb 05 |  Scotland

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific