Eyemouth Community Campus plans on show as part of property event
Eyemouth Community Campus plans are being showcased to the public for the first time as part of a Fit for 2024 property event next month.
The event, run by Scottish Borders Council, is to showcase the plans for the council and partners’ ambitious strategy on the site of Eyemouth Primary for a new Campus as part of a wider masterplan. The masterplan would see extra care housing and affordable housing on the campus alongside new educational facilities and local services.
The event will give members of the public the chance to find out more about the investment proposals for the new community campus, and for the local authority to listen to the community’s views.
The event will also be a starting point for discussions around a number of other buildings and sites in the town, including the library, community centre and education provision in east Berwickshire.
In addition, there will be further discussions regarding the draft Eyemouth Economic Regeneration Action Plan, with information on the range of positive projects being taken forward in the coastal town.
The Fit for 2024 Eyemouth property event follows a similar drop-in session in Jedburgh in June which saw over 100 members of the public attend.
Councillor Sandy Aitchison, executive member for neighbourhoods and locality services, said: “This will be the first chance for residents in Eyemouth and East Berwickshire to see the exciting plans for Eyemouth Community Campus. We believe this inclusive approach to learning and care will enhance Eyemouth by offering opportunities for learning and social interaction for the whole community in a central location. We hope as many residents and groups as possible can make it on 26 September to provide their views about the campus and other public buildings within the community.”
Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: “Fit for 2024 has four key themes to make sure we meet future challenges, take advantage of new opportunities and deliver the best possible outcomes for our communities. One of the key themes is making the best use of our properties. The Council has, on average, spent £14m each year in the running costs of property which includes refurbishing and repairing the current estate.”
He added: “However, the sheer size of that estate means that investment is spread too thinly and makes it impossible to sustain safe and fit-for-purpose properties. We want the Council to be bolder and braver when it comes to making decisions about estates and engage with communities and partners on how we can together meet changing customer needs and community demands. The Fit for 2024 Eyemouth property event is the start of these discussions.”
In a joint statement, East Berwickshire Councillors Carol Hamilton, Jim Fullarton and Helen Laing said: “The plans for a new Eyemouth Community Campus are exciting and innovative, but we need the views of local people on the facility, as well as the future of other properties in the town and surrounding area. We would encourage as many people as possible to come along and contribute to the event.”
The drop-in event to be held at Eyemouth Primary School on Thursday 26 September from 4pm to 7.30pm.