Council Education Leader welcomes Portobello Park report

Edinburgh’s Education Leader, Councillor Paul Godzik, today welcomed the publication by the Scottish Parliament of the City of Edinburgh Council (Portobello Park) Bill Committee’s Consideration Stage report.

Having now considered the objections to the Bill, and the Council’s responses to them, the Committee has rejected all objections and concluded that the benefits of the proposal which the Bill would allow to be taken forward outweigh the disbenefits.   

The Committee noted the compensatory and mitigation measures which would be implemented as part of the planning process (for the new Portobello High School on Portobello Park) and is also satisfied that an appropriate balance has been struck between the private interests of those adversely affected by the proposal and its benefits to the wider community. 

Councillor Godzik said: “I am pleased to see that the Private Bill Committee have recognised the strong case put forward by the Council and rejected the objections to our Bill to allow Portobello Park to be used as the location for the much needed new Portobello High School.  Today’s report is a major step forward and we are getting closer to delivering a fantastic new school on the best possible site, which the people of Portobello rightly demand and the pupils of Portobello deserve.   

“To anyone who has followed the Bill’s process through the Scottish Parliament, it is clear that the Committee have considered, in great detail, the arguments put forward both by the Council and by objectors , listening to many hours of evidence and ensuring that everyone was given a fair opportunity to put their points across.  I thank the Committee for their diligence and look forward to the next stages of the Bill process, which will be the consideration of amendments by the Bill Committee followed by the final decision of the full Parliament on whether the Bill should be enacted.”

Note to Editors

The Portobello Park Private Bill Consideration stage report can be found at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/76791.aspx

The Committee will consider amendments to the Bill on 12 June before the final vote will be taken in Parliament at a date which is still to be confirmed.


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