Million pound question on education

The Panmure Centre Learning and Development Service, Kinloch Street, Carnoustie.
The Panmure Centre Learning and Development Service, Kinloch Street, Carnoustie.

A Carnoustie councillor has suggested that a £1,000,000 pledge from a housing developer could be a ‘win-win’ situation for the town.

Speaking after a marathon meeting of Angus councillors last week, Brian Boyd commented that any plan to develop housing at Pitskelly would not have a hugely significant impact on education but may also realise large benefits.

Currently developer DJ Laing and landowner K&D Henderson have plans for around 250 houses along Victoria Road at Pitskelly Farm.

Mr Boyd said: “Basically the education department calculated that the 250 houses could generate up to 57 school places that adds four on to Burnside for every class that’s there. We know they are nearly up to capacity.

“There wouldn’t be 250 new homes overnight, it would take three or four years for this to happen, but the good thing is the £1,000,000 that has been pledged by the developer to improve the education facilities.”

He added: “That could go on improving Burnside or expanding Woodlands, or more importantly with this £1,000,000 this could breathe life into the Panmure Centre and could be a nursery by day and a community facility by night.

“That would be my preferred option that the £1,000,000 gets put into the Pannie so it’s a win-win situation for the town.”

Angus Council is currently carrying out a consultation on the service provision at the Panmure Centre.