Consultation on School Estate

Published

18th August 2020

Consultation on issues surrounding the school estate across Dundee will resume again on Monday (Aug 17) for a three-week period following the return to classrooms across the city.

The council started talking opinions in February about plans to merge Braeview Academy and Craigie High School, as well as a proposal to realign the catchment areas of Harris Academy’s feeder schools, with the removal of Invergowrie Primary as an associated primary

That consultation, which was due to last from Monday February 10 to Friday March 27, was nearly complete when schools were shut on March 20 to combat the then growing coronavirus crisis in the country.

The consultation will be extended for a further three-week period which will begin when all Dundee schools resume full-time from Monday (Aug 17) so that the council can have as comprehensive overview as possible from people over the proposals.

This engagement activity will reflect Scottish Government advice and employ digital engagement methods to gain stakeholders’ views. Resources used to support the previous public consultation events will be made available on the consultation webpages to allow stakeholder access to any information or materials they would have received at a public meeting.

During the three-week period, stakeholders will be invited to respond to the proposals by e-mail or in writing. During the three week period, responses will be considered, then statements, questions and replies will be posted publicly each week on the consultation website.

Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families service convener, said: “We have stressed that no final decisions will be made on the proposals until a full report on the results of the consultation can be considered by the committee.

“We want to ensure that as many people can have their voice heard. Schools were closed understandably to fight coronavirus, which left us with a small part of the consultation to complete.

“This three-week period will allow people the opportunity to take part. I would urge them to let us hear their views on these extremely important matters.”

 

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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