New Madras College set to go ahead

A new Madras College will almost certainly be built on land at Pipeland Farm, on the southern edge of St Andrews, after confirmation that a legal challenge against Fife Council's decision to grant planning permission for the new school has failed.

A judicial review was raised by the St Andrews Environmental Protection Association Limited - a company formed to attempt to stop the desperately needed new school being built - and, following a two-day hearing held in the Court of Session in December, Lord Doherty published his judgement on Friday.



 Cllr Thomson looking at a plan of the proposed new Madras College at the Pipeland site.


Speaking after the publication of the judgement, St Andrews Labour councillor, Brian Thomson, said: "This is fantastic news for the children and young people of St Andrews and the surrounding area, as well as the staff at Madras College.  As a parent of school age children, and a local councillor, I am delighted that it looks like - at long last - works can commence soon on a desperately needed new Madras College.
As the recent HM Inspector's report showed, the pupils and staff at Madras College are performing extremely well, in difficult conditions.  I was at a parents evening last night at the Kilrymont Road building, and it once again highlighted to me the unacceptable physical conditions that pupils and staff are having to put with.  The buildings were not in a great condition when I was a pupil at Madras College, and their condition has deteriorated significantly in the 24 year period since then, whilst the split-site situation continues to cause difficulties for the operation of the school.
The reason that I got involved in politics was my involvement - as a parent - in the campaign for a new-build Madras College.  Back in 2011, the Council was very close to progressing what was a hugely unpopular proposal to refurbish the Kilrymont Road building, and it is a result of the huge efforts of many parents, guardians and other members of the community that, firstly, the Kilrymont proposal was rejected and, secondly, we are now so close to getting a new-build school fit for the 21st century.

As a result of the inspirational leadership of rector David McClure, and the hard work of all staff and pupils, Madras College is performing extremely well, and I hope that they will soon have the new school that they and the wider community deserve."

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