FIFE Council has been told to “stop dragging its heels” and commit to a new £73 million Inverkeithing High School.

Lesley Laird MP questioned why the project is delayed.

“It has taken six months to make next to no progress on delivering a new high school, despite officers being directed by the education committee to get on with the job back in August,” she said.

“This is not good enough. Pupils at Inverkeithing are being taught in a school which is in a terrible condition. Fife Council needs to stop dragging its heels and focus on delivering a school which is fit for purpose.

“The money is already there for Inverkeithing and there is no excuse for an options paper not now being published. No doubt councillors will yet again be assured more Scottish Government funding for schools is on the way.

“That’ll be at least the third time we’ve heard this – if it comes that is a bonus but there is no reason not to start the consultation process now.”

Last month, councillors agreed a budget which included plans to spend £117m on replacement high schools for Inverkeithing, St Columba’s and Woodmill. However cash is still needed from the Scottish Government.

Fife Council’s head of education, Shelagh McLean, said: “We have outlined the processes and procedures that need to be followed and provided a timeline.

"The capital plan, which allocates funding for this kind of work, was only agreed by councillors on February 21 so we are moving forward with the relevant projects and a report will be presented to the committee.”