Statement in response to judgement on new Portobello High School

Earlier today Councillor Paul Godzik expressed his disappointment with the decision taken by the Court of Session in relation to the building of the new Portobello High School.

He has instructed Council officers to consider the judgement fully and look at the grounds for appealing against the decision.  While this is taking place options around using an alternative site will also be explored.

Commenting on the judgement, Councillor Paul Godzik, Convener of Education, Children and Families said:  "We are disappointed with today's judgement and surprised at the Judges' decision. I know the local community is as shocked as we are, as the majority of them fully supported our plans for the new school in the park.

"I am in no doubt that Portobello High School is desperately in need of replacement.  Portobello was the first school I visited after becoming Convener and I saw this for myself.  I also saw the tremendous job the Head Teacher, Peigi McArthur, and her staff do every day despite the challenging circumstances they face.  We will ensure that their school can continue operating until a solution is found.

"The Capital Coalition remains 100% committed to the new school and replacing Portobello is a key priority.  Although we are urgently considering the judgment with our legal advisors we are ruling nothing out at this stage.  I have instructed officers to look at the possibility of a further appeal and also to explore all other options. I have asked for a report to the 25 October Council meeting."

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