Saturday, December 07, 2019
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The old school


Plans to breathe new life into an old school are being extensively explored in Glendale.

Borrodale Primary School operated until 2007 after which it became disused and increasingly derelict. The land and buildings which comprise a school house, school buildings, and a portakabin within surrounding land sits in a highly prominent location on the road to Neist Point, one of the most popular visitor spots on Skye.

Since the school’s closure, attempts have been made to make use of the building, most notably with the establishment of an exhibition on heritage and a community café, run by volunteers. However these attempts were ultimately unsuccessful and the school has become disused again. Now local people are being asked for their views to help shape the future of the building and the land it stands on.

The new drive to bring the school back into use is being led by the Glendale Trust and Local Development Officer, Elizabeth MacLeod, said: "The Glendale Trust is inviting responses on what should be included in a revised proposal for developing Borrodale School.

"Please take a moment to fill in this survey so the trust can see what the Community would like to happen at Borrodale School.."

Plans in the past have ranged from using the plot to provide affordable housing to business development and using the site for tourist related activity week-ends.

The new survey also raises the possibility of developing a community hub, heritage and culture centre, well being club, even a pub. Other options include a bunk house, restaurant and office space

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