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County council will look to address primary school places in South Derbyshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 30, 2014

Kevin Gillott

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A COUNCILLOR says he will continue to look at increasing the number of primary schools in South Derbyshire.

Derbyshire County Council confirmed it was anticipating a need for "up to six" new primary schools and "one or possibly two" new secondary schools in South Derbyshire in the coming years.

Kevin Gillott (pictured), cabinet member for children and young people, said the council must find ways to increase the number of primary school places available, while taking into consideration cuts to its budget.

He told the Mail the average cost of building a new school was currently between £4 million and £5 million, and the authority was currently working with an annual budget of up to £9 million for its 'basic need'.

He said: "It costs around £250,000 to build a new classroom, then for a primary school you're looking at significantly more than that, and even more if you want to build a new secondary school.

"At the moment we recognise there is a need for more places in South Derbyshire's schools, but we need to find extra money. This includes developers providing money from Section 106 agreements. However, they are often reluctant to hand over the money before a certain number of people have moved into the development, which can be a problem for us."

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