Both Aberdeenshire Council and East Garioch local councillors have voiced concerns over delays to the proposed new primary school in Kintore.
News that, due to objections lodged by local landowners, the Scottish Government is considering holding a Public Local Inquiry (PLI) over the council’s compulsory purchase of a site for the new school, which would further delay work.
The council is now calling for an urgent meeting with landowners to avoid further delays to the school.
The existing primary school in Kintore, which opened in 2006, is struggling to cope with the increased population in the town and is currently around 200 pupils over capacity.
The School has 16 classrooms, two general purpose rooms and extensive pre-school and Special Needs accommodation.
Six additional relocatable classrooms are sited in the rear playground.
Garioch Area Manager Doug Milne said, “Aberdeenshire Council is ready to start construction on the school and it is deeply frustrating that we have been unable to obtain the land.
“We have always been open to acquire the land voluntarily from the landowners and shall continue to pursue this course of action.
“We are urgently seeking a meeting with them to resolve this and avoid unnecessary delays to construction of this much needed school.”