City won’t ask for Castlebrae school funds

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CITY leaders have refused to ask the Scottish Government for extra cash to replace Castlebrae High School early – despite pressure from campaigners to start work before 2018.

Andrew Burns told yesterday’s full council meeting that the local authority was committed to replacing the Craigmillar school, which is just one-third full. However, he resisted pleas from protest group Save the Brae to ask ministers for a chunk of the £380 million put aside for “shovel ready” projects.

Labour MP Sheila Gilmore and local residents said a new school could kick-start the regeneration of Craigmillar, which is currently four years behind schedule.