Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Active, schools

Another lull in the posting, but this is because the Council activity has cranked up over the last two weeks.

Getting back from south my diary looked clear with only P&R on the 26th and the General Meeting tomorrow, 5th July. Not the case- checking my pigeon hole and email when I got back, all available space filled up. Week commencing 25th June started with Media Training and Personnel seminars and an evening meeting of the Last Monday Group, a business networking thing. P&R on Tuesday, a meeting of the Legalised Police Cells Visiting Committee and cell visit on Thursday followed by the Best Value Working Group pre meeting, with a meeting at HIE Orkney sandwiched between them (literally, as I choked back my rolls throughout it), and on Friday the Heritage and Museums Study Day followed by farewell presentations for Education staff.

So in between all that I tried to keep up with my business commitments, and constituency business- tricky, but I'm getting better at it. I need to! This week has followed the same pattern.

At the weekend I wrote up my thoughts on the siting of the school(s), and I'll post that next week. The consultation that is going on now does not really widen it out to the whole community- and this is probably the biggest public building project since the Cathedral (I'm not counting WW2 as a public building project). It's also a bit backside foremost, as a public debate has not taken place. I'll be doing my best to start the debate and contribute to it, but let me come off the fence right now and say that it would be CRAZY MAD to put the Kirkwall Grammar School anywhere other than Papdale, and I've got 2000 words and counting that backs this up.

Anyone who wants to see what the Schools Estate Consulation questionnaire says and asks can find a scan of it here. It's about 2MB.

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