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 A NEW CENTRE?

SAVE VICTORIA SCHOOL FOR THE COMMUNITY!

A new school is on the cards for Newhaven. More children coming  to live here means we need more primary school places. The council proposes to build one on a site in the Western Harbour development. (A copy of the relevant Local Development Plan is here > > >)

Meetings on the proposals for Western Harbour are on 21st and 27th February from 6.30-8.30 at Trinity and Victoria Primary school respectively.  More information, including a vitally important questionnaire, which would be helpful if you can complete, if appropriate, can be found at https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/cf/newvictoriaschool/

So the question arises   – what will happen to the present Victoria Primary building?

It has been the beating heart of  the village for more than a hundred and fifty years. We want to make sure this will continue well into the next century.

HERE IS HOW THIS MIGHT BE DONE.

First - Keep using it for learning

Use the Anchor Annexe as a nursery and a facility for an After School Club;

Create a Newhaven Community museum in the modern idiom within the old school;

Provide lifelong learning and intergenerational activities sharing our heritage, learning new skills, being creative, gardening and growing food

This helps us make sure that our children have a continuing link with the school and their history.  They carry on the traditions and hold on to the best values that make the school such a good and happy one.

Second –  Set it up as a Community Hub — a welcoming inclusive centre bringing all ages together.

Over the years many of the places where Newhaveners could socialise or follow interests or hobbies or contact services have been lost. So have many of these activities.  The school could give us the spaces to bring them back again.  Classrooms can be converted into club rooms and workshops and the hall could be used for concerts, youth clubs, dances and public meetings..

It would be a tragedy if the school could not be kept for community use.  

To save the school for Newhaven it is up to us all to get organised and form a group that will carry through our wishes.

TELL THE COUNCIL THAT YOU WANT IT KEPT FOR THE COMMUNITY.

If you want to be part of this or have ideas on how you would like to see the school develop, please pick up a leaflet “SAVE THE SCHOOL FOR NEWHAVEN” and let us know your opinion about a Community Hub and heritage Centre by writing in the section in the side panel provided.  You can post your response in the boxes in the school office or local shops around the village.

As the campaign develops, you will be able to be kept up to date by revisiting this page and the links that will be created.