NO current pupil in Peebles will benefit from a new secondary school.

At a meeting of the full council today (Thursday), elected members voted 17-16 to approve a report which states the town will have to wait until 2032 for a new campus.

Education chiefs decided Galashiels should be the priority for a £61.6 million new cross-generational campus, followed by Hawick in 2026 and Selkirk in 2029.

Although Peebles will have to wait the longest for a new building, it will be granted the most money – with £127.6m set aside for the project.

Council leader, Shona Haslam, who represents Tweeddale East said: "I am as keen as anyone to bring a new High School to Peebles as quickly as possible.

"And I will be working hard to put pressure on the Scottish Government to contribute financially so that we can move forward as quickly as we can.

"The reality of large scale projects like these is that we have to do them in a sequence. I would love to have the resources to build them all now, but that is simply not possible.

"If the council can deliver these schools any quicker, we absolutely will."

Read the full story in tomorrow's Peeblesshire News.