Primary Expansion Proposed for Community Use

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Mill o’ Mains Primary could be home to new community facilities after local people voted overwhelmingly for the £1.5million proposal in a consultation exercise.

Following a fire which destroyed the pavilion in the area, the neighbourhood services committee decided that an options appraisal should be carried out on the need for a new build community facility.

The exercise looked at all the options for a community facility in the area, taking into account the makeup of the population, what facilities already existed, how much it would cost to provide and run a facility, while also considering future plans for the area.

Ward councillors and council officers met to look at the long list of options and unanimously agreed that there were only three options which should be taken out to the whole community for consultation.

A consultation exercise then took place in April and the three options received the following backing from local people who took part:

  1. Use existing local facilities 35 returns
  2. Build a community facility as an extension to Mill o’ Mains Primary School  216 returns
  3. Community Asset Transfer a piece of land 13 returns.

The Mill o’ Mains Primary option received 71% of the vote.

Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services committee is being recommended to back the primary school option and the spending of £1.5 million, which would see community facilities included as an addition to planned upgrades to the building.

The extension would provide two activity rooms, a meeting pod, snack preparation area, toilets and a link between the gym hall and the community facility.  

Space would be available to deliver a full community programme which will be adaptable for family activities, youth work, children’s activities, fitness, community cooking, job shops, holiday programmes, community events and other services as identified by the community. 

The committee will hear that the plans are indicative and would be used as basis to start a discussion with the wider community about design and the operation of the facility.

Neighbourhood services convener Councillor Kevin Cordell said: “There has been overwhelming backing from those who took part in the consultation for the primary school option.

“This represents a sensible investment for the future and will allow the school to become a real focal point for the wider community.

“We went through a rigorous appraisal process to agree the options that were presented to the community.

“I am pleased to see that there would be further discussions with the wider community to help plan the future for the new facility at the primary if it is approved.

“This will ensure that the facility at the school will tie in with what people want to happen in their neighbourhood and shape the way that the council helps deliver those services.”

Michelle Houston, from the Emmock Woods Residents’ Group, said: “The extension of Mill of Mains Primary School to include a community facility would be a positive and beneficial step for our area.

“This central facility could potentially be used by residents of all ages from all three areas for a variety of different classes and clubs. It would be welcomed by our residents.”

The committee meets on Monday June 3.

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