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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Inverness School Rolls

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

City of Inverness Area Committee – 2nd December 2014

“Highlands and Islands Greens very much welcome the City of Inverness Area Committeeʼs consideration on 2 December 2014 of the implications of the increasing school rolls in Inverness” said Neil Hornsby, Campaigns Co-ordinator for the Highlands and Islands Green Party.

“We note in particular the Council officerʼs report which states that school roll pressures are “likely to result in a number of schools in Inverness nearing or exceeding their Planning Capacity in the near future. Rolls may also continue to rise thereafter in some cases.

“The reportʼs forecast of pressures on Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis, and Merkinch, Holm, Lochardil, Milton of Leys, Inshes, Smithton and Cradlehall primaries are particularly concerning.

“The Highland Council and indeed the Scottish Government clearly need to identify and prioritise significant capital funding to provide for all these schools. They could make a useful start by axing both the proposed £30 million canal and river crossing, for which there is virtually no business case, and Transport Scotlandʼs proposed £60 million A9-A96 link road which will save just a few seconds on a motoristʼs peak-hour travel and ruin the planned East Inverness district park.”