Victory! Portobello High bill is passed by MSPs

Artist's impression of the new Portobello High. Pic: comp

Artist's impression of the new Portobello High. Pic: comp

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MSPs have today given the final approval to building a new High School on Portobello Park.

The decision marks the end of a long-running campaign to secure a new school on the park.

The council was forced to take a Private Bill through the Scottish Parliament that would allow it to build on Portobello Park after legal challenges from protesters.

Edinburgh’s education leader, Councillor Paul Godzik, said: “This decision will be welcomed by the Portobello community as it clears the legal obstacle that has prevented us building the new Portobello High School on Portobello Park.

“We know there is overwhelming support in the local community for our plans.

“The Bill will become an Act once it receives Royal Assent, which we expect will be within four to six weeks. As soon as the legislation is in force we will appropriate the park and formally appoint our contractors, Balfour Beatty, to ensure that the construction of the new school starts on site as quickly as possible.

“The young people of Portobello deserve high quality education facilities and I am confident not only that the school community will benefit from our plans but also that the wider local community will be able to enjoy the improved sports and other facilities that will be available when the new school opens, which we anticipate will be in August 2016.”