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INCREASED funding for the redevelopment of Barnhill Primary School has been welcomed by a Broughty Ferry councillor.

SNP councillor Kevin Cordell has welcomed the move by Dundee City Council to double the budget to £2 million on new accommodation and facilities at the school.

A new plan is set to be approved next week which will provide for a nursery, gym, changing facilities and a group area, in addition to four new classrooms already agreed to.

Councillor Cordell said: “I am delighted these additional facilities are being proposed at Barnhill as new housing developments in the area have increased the number of pupils to over 400 at present and it is nearing capacity.

“The new classrooms will be very welcome but the proposal to add a nursery in the premises of the school will cater for the undoubted gap in provision of pre-school places.

“There are potential increases in future school numbers too as new developments come on stream, so this plan is very welcome indeed.

“Barnhill had been promised much by previous administrations who then failed to deliver. “

He continued: “I am delighted to be part of the SNP administration which not only promised but listened and delivered on their manifesto promises.”

The need for additional facilities emerged in the light of a review which showed the demand for pre-school places is not met by current facilities. There have also been appeals from the local out of school club for space. Councillors will be asked to approve the revised extension at meetings on Monday, October 29.

City council leader Councillor Ken Guild said: “We have been working hard to deliver a solution for Barnhill Primary School that will help to meet the demands and challenges of the future.”