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Police HQ removed from Dumfries learning hub site list

Police HQ
Image caption The council said the police site had been included in the report in error

The police headquarters in Dumfries has been removed from a list of potential sites for a "learning hub" in the town.

The Cornwall Mount premises appeared on a report as one of five possible locations for the development.

Dumfries and Galloway Council admitted Police Scotland had not been consulted and it should not have been listed.

A statement said the property would be removed from the education committee report and the local authority accepted "full responsibility" for the error.

It leaves the Crichton Campus, Maryfield playing fields, a former bowling green at the King George V complex and the old George Street School of Art as contenders for the project.

'Wider plans'

It is part of wider plans to overhaul school provision in the town.

The Learning Town project would see two new secondary schools built and two others upgraded.

The redevelopment strategy would be underpinned by a specialist "learning hub" providing access to higher academic and vocational studies.

The education department has tabled a revised shortlist of the four potential locations to house the new facility.

A report detailing the options will be presented to members of the education committee who will be asked to agree a preferred site.

Image caption An old bowling green site could house the educational development
Image caption The Crichton Campus is another option to be considered by councillors
Image caption The old George Street School of Art in the town has also made the shortlist
Image caption Playing fields at Maryfield are among the contenders for the learning hub project

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