Harris Academy refurbishment takes back seat for 1.4 million "East Central Territory Hub"

28 June 2010

Marlyn Glen has been informed by Scottish Education Minister, Keith Brown, that the Scottish Government still intend that "the replacement of Harris Academy will be progressed through the East Central Territory Hub."

Ms. Glen had written to Education Secretary Mike Russell last month asking why the establishment of the 1.4 million East Central Territory Hub had been given priority over the refurbishment of Harris Academy .

The Hub is not yet completely established, but the Scottish Government insists that the Harris Academy refurbishment must be carried out through it.

Ms. Glen said that would mean that work on the West End academy would now begin "well after the Scottish Parliament elections next year".

Replying on behalf of the Education Secretary, Keith Brown, the Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, told Ms. Glen,

" The replacement of Harris Academy will be progressed through the East Central Territory Hub, a new Government consortium which will deliver improvements in the way that community based projects are delivered.

" I was pleased to note that Dundee City Council immediately issued a press release wholeheartedly welcoming both the timing and funding allocation from the Scottish Government and that it would be progresses through the Hub territory."

Ms. Glen commented,

" The Minister gives no educational explanation why the Hub must take precedence over Harris Academy.

" While the announcement earlier this month of funding for the Harris refurbishment was just another re-announcement of the project, the timetable for the refurbishment stretches further into the future."



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