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Children to benefit from £16 million cash boost

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 31, 2014

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THREE schools in South Derbyshire are to benefit from part of a £16 million cash pot for major repairs and improvements.

A £16.837 million proposed package of improvements for Derbyshire schools and children’s homes is to be considered by Derbyshire County Council, due to the ‘huge backlog’ of school repairs.

If the proposals get the go ahead following a report to Cabinet on Monday, it will mean Overseal Primary School, in Woodville Road, will benefit from £350,000 worth of improved roofing, while Findern Community Primary School, in Buckford Lane, will see £300,000 for a roof covering and associated maintenance work.

Meanwhile £75,000 will be given to Willington Primary School, in Trent Avenue, for internal reorganisation of teaching spaces.

Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “There’s a huge backlog of school repairs that increase year on year.

“We’re making the most of the money we do get so we give Derbyshire children the best education and start in life but we’re facing unprecedented Government budget cuts.

“We’ve given highest priority to buildings in the worst condition or where improvements are needed for health and safety reasons.

“However, there is no hiding my disappointment at the level of funding provided to the council by the Coalition Government.”

Broken down, outline plans include £12.336 million for capital maintenance projects, with £6.956 million of that being set aside for priority condition-related work such as re-wiring, re-roofing or heating replacements

There will also be £.4.501 million for basic need schemes for 2014/2015 to provide additional school places.

A pot of £500,000 of the cash would be earmarked for joint funding initiatives with schools, where the authority provides 50 per cent of funding, which is matched by a school to make improvements.

A further £100,000 of the cash would also be put aside to improve children’s homes.

Plans are still being made for the remaining £743,693 which will go to the council’s Cabinet for approval at a later date.

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