Searching for a site – Inspections continue for new school

Councillors in West Dunbartonshire have given the green light for site investigations ahead of choosing a location for a £22m school.

The facility, to replace Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School, will be built on one of four sites, reduced from the original seven.
Feasibility studies to assess the suitability of the seven sites for the campus ruled out sites at Havoc Park, Carville and Notre Dame and identified Postie‘s Park in Dumbarton as the preferred location after it received the highest score following assessments.
Investigations will now be carried out on Postie’s Park Dumbarton, Argyll Park in Alexandria, land behind Levenbank Terrace in Jamestown and the current school site. Knowetop Farm in Castlehill has also been identified as a possible location for the campus and officers will also assess the suitability of that site. Other locations will be considered for extensions if the new school is built on the current campus.
Terry Lanagan, executive director of educational services, said: “No decision will be been made on the location of the school until we have the results of the site investigations. The investigations will be carried out over the summer and the results will be presented at the next educational services committee meeting.”
Education convener Councillor Michelle Stewart said: “Before we make any decision on the location of the school, it is important we continue with site inspections to ensure we agree to the best location for the school.”