Unsightly Longside school site criticised

The appearance of the old Longside School has been criticised by local residents
The appearance of the old Longside School has been criticised by local residents
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The former head teacher of a Buchan school has condemned the state of the building, which has been lying disused for a number of years.

Dorothy Simpson, former head of Longside School, wrote to the Buchan Observer recently highlighting the terrible condition of the building.

She told the paper: “It’s a real talking point in the village.

“Everyone going to the lovely new school has to pass this building daily.

“It was vacated when the new school was built and would have still been suitable for use then - as a doctor’s surgery, internet cafe, museum for the area or to show off the huge collection of old photographs which are there,” she said.

However, over the years the former school appears to have fallen into a major state of disrepair with buildings covered in graffiti and weeds growing high throughout the grounds.

Commenting on the situation, an Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said last week they were aware of the situation at the former primary school, adding that officers would be carrying out a site inspection to see what could be done.

Speaking to the Buchan Observer, Central Buchan councillor Norman Smith said the old Longside School property was close to being sold by the council.

He commented: “It’s very close to the point where it’ll be coming up for sale. It’s with the legal department at the moment.

“It’s been ongoing for quite a few years and we hope we’ll finally get it on the market.”

Councillor Smith added that if there was any delay in selling the property, steps would be taken by the council to tidy up the grounds.

Longside’s new school was opened in 2006 and houses seven classrooms, an ICT computer suite and a games hall with retractable theatre seating and complimentary acoustics and lighting. It also features a pre-school and artificial pitch.