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The proposed expansion of Barnhill Primary School was agreed at a meeting of Dundee City Council development management committee.

The development has extended beyond the previously agreed four classrooms to also include a nursery, gym, changing facilities and a group area.

Ferry Ward councillor Kevin Cordell told the Guide & Gazette: “Prior to my election in May of last year Barnhill Primary School and its need for increased facilities was raised several times by constituents in the catchment area. The SNP’s commitment to the extension was explicit in our manifesto for those elections

“Previous Labour/Tory administrations had made the same promise and then spectacularly failed to deliver. Indeed, one current Ferry Ward councillor served as convener of education yet did nothing to advance plans to increase Barnhill’s capacity.”

He went on: “I was, therefore, delighted to be part of the city’s first majority SNP administration which within six months of taking office, delivered on our promise to the pupils, parents staff staff of Barnhill Primary by bringing forward these proposals.

“Now we will soon see the development start and begin to take physical shape.”

The investment in the school will total nearly ££2 million and is part of Dundee City Council’s multi million pound development programme in local schools.

These proposals emerged in the light of a review which showed the demand for pre-school places is not met by current facilities and appeals from the local out of school club for space.

This proposal was approved by the education committee in October but still required the necessary planning approval.

Councillor Cordell concluded: “It is worth noting some local concerns regarding traffic levels and pedestrian and road user safety were raised but I am confident this will be addressed by revising the school travel plan to encourage alternative travel options.”