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£250k for ‘much needed’ school improvements

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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MORE than £250,000 is set to be spent on a raft of improvements to schools across South Derbyshire.

Derbyshire County Council has revealed that it is helping to part fund a range of changes at four schools from a new library to replacement windows.

The authority already revealed that new windows and structural strengthening works were needed at William Allitt School, in Sunnyside, Newhall, costing £106,000.

However, since the work was commissioned a serious structural defect was discovered and the county council is now spending allocating £49,632 to fix the problem.

Melbourne Junior School, in Packhorse Road, will spend £73,000 on new windows and heaters. The county council will pay £36,500 towards the work.

Woodville Infant School, in High Street, will spend £23,200 on new windows and timber cladding. The authority will pay £11,600.

Woodville Junior School, also in High Street, will spend £15,500 to refurbish its library with the county council contributing £7,750.

The projects will cost a total of £267,332.

Ian Thomas, strategic director for children and young adults, stated in a report: “We approved a project last year at William Allitt to replaced windows and undertake structural strengthening works to the main building.

“The new project was to replace gym windows at a cost of £106,000 funded jointly by the authority and the school via an allocation from the joint funding initiative for schools.

“Work is under way but a serious defect has been uncovered.

“A brick wall is not tied to the main building and is now significantly leaning and the wall is therefore in danger of collapse.

“The construction of the wall is such that this was not indentified until work started.

“This will now be remided by additional works that will cost £49,632.”

The extra cash was found due to savings of £114,000 in the council’s children and young adult capital programme.

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