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Population pressures fuel West Lothian school investment

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March 31 2021

Population pressures fuel West Lothian school investment

West Lothian Council is to proceed with half a dozen new primary schools over the next seven years as part of a £144m investment package.

The cash is contributing to the delivery of a new £14.7m primary in East Calder and a £9.4m counterpart in Winchburgh, both designed by jmarchitects. The council is also progressing plans for a £12m replacement for East Calder Primary.

Now the authority is proposing to build a further three primary schools in the region to meet the needs of a rising population.

Executive councillor for education David Dodds said: "Primary-age pupils make up the largest group in West Lothian's schools, and it's vital we continue to ensure they have the facilities they need at this vital stage.

"With up to six new primary schools, as well as the number of extension and improvement programmes, we will ensure we have excellent schools suitable for local families, as well as the growing numbers who are choosing to relocate to West Lothian."

To meet demand a share of the council's capital budget will also be allocated toward extending seven existing schools.  

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