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Consultation on new AHS kicks off

The latest layout of the new Anderson High School complex - Image: SIC

SHETLAND ISLANDS Council is encouraging local people to come forward with their views on the new Anderson High School, as it enters into a 12-week statutory consultation of the £32 million project.

Glasgow firm Ryder Architecture Limited has just submitted a “pre-application” to the local planning department outlining plans to build a new four storey high school and a three storey halls of residence at the Clickimin site.

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The plans also include new access roads and a new roundabout to be constructed on North Lochside, as well as an extension to the Clickimin Leisure Centre with a new gym, a fitness suite and changing rooms.

The 21 hectare site for the new school incorporates the existing leisure centre, the camp site as well as land to the west and north of the rugby pitch.

A public meeting to discuss the proposal will be held in Lerwick as part of the consultation process. A date has not yet been set.

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Chair woman of the council’s education committee Vaila Wishart said: “This is a significant and welcome step towards the new Anderson High School and Halls of Residence. 

“I’d encourage everyone to view the plans, and we’d obviously welcome any feedback.”

 In 2009, councillors agreed at the very last minute to abort plans to build a new high school at the Knab, and return instead to the original site at Staney Hill.

Since then the Scottish Government has agreed to fund two thirds of the cost for the new school from the Scottish Futures Fund. The Pre-Application Consultation papers are available here.

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