Ground works begin on new school for multi-million pound EK Growth Area

A landmark step forward has been taken in the East Kilbride Community Growth Area project, with ground work on the new Jackton Primary School starting.

Developers have taken possession of the site for fencing, utility connections and site accommodation/access, with the target for opening of August 2023.

The new school is part of the multi-million pound expansion of the Jackton area to include approximately 2,600 new homes, a retail development, green spaces and new road infrastructure.

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March saw the delivery of a new three-armed roundabout on Eaglesham Road and the first section of an arterial spine road – that will eventually join Jackton to Lindsayfield

Planning permission was granted by South Lanarkshire Council for the school in February and there are currently a number of developers on site and homes built.

Facilities at the primary school will be used for informal and formal use for the wider community with access being switched over from time to time to provide a mix of community use.

East Kilbride West Independent election candidate, David Watson, has welcomed the “long overdue” start to building works for the new Jackton school.

He told Lanarkshire Live: “After a few false starts it was good to see some work on the ground starting regarding the build of the new school.

“The school will no doubt benefit the new Community Growth Area but will also help alleviate the pressures on Mossneuk Primary.

“Mossneuk is taking the strain of the Community Growth Area at the moment so hopefully once the new school is opened it will take some pressure away.”

The total estimated population of the growth area is up to 8500 people, of which 623 are expected to be of primary school age.

The school is set to feature 17 classrooms and two general purpose areas, four additional support needs classrooms, and early learning and childcare facilities for up to 80 three/four year olds and 15 two-year olds.

The school would be laid out over two storeys, whilst the attached early learning and child care center would be at ground level in a single storey section.

There would also be a 7-a-side floodlit football pitch which can be used for community lets out with school hours.

Other election candidates in the East Kilbride West ward are: Ian Harrow (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Denise Hay (Scottish Family Party), Yvonne Mackay (UKIP), Monique McAdams (Labour and Cooperative Party), Ali Salamati (Scottish National Party) , Craig Sloan (Scottish National Party), and Huaiquan Zhang (Scottish Liberal Democrats).

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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