£1.2m cash boost for school repairs

Kirkham and Wesham Primary School are to receive cash from the council to help improve their facilities
Kirkham and Wesham Primary School are to receive cash from the council to help improve their facilities
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SCHOOLS in Fylde and Wyre are set to receive more than £1.23m for essential repairs thanks to a much needed boost from Lancashire County Council.

The haul, which is part of a £10.5m cash pot for schools right across the country will see heating systems replaced, windows changed and structural work completed to make sure school’s are future proofed.

More than £788,000 has been promised to Wyre schools with Poulton’s Carr head set to receive £26,000.

Staining Primary will get £62,000. Manor Beach in Cleveleys is to receive £22,000, Stanah Primary in Thornton will get £100,000 and Northfold Primary in Cleveleys will get a whopping £327,000 for essential repairs.

Royles brook in Cleveleys will also benefit from £100,000, Millfield High School in Thornton will get £80,000 and Great Arley Special School, also in Thornton will see £70,000 spent.

Four Fylde Schools will also see a share of £443,500 with £47,000 going to Ansdell Primary, £120,000 going to Freckleton’s Strike Lane Primary, £146,000 going to Kirkham and Wesham primary and £130,000 going to Mayfield in St Annes.

Rhiannon Jones, headteacher of Kirkham and Wesham primary said: “The governors and staff were really happy to the news about the funding.

“We celebrated our centenary last year and some of our wiring was still in place from the original building and not able to cope with the increase in modern technology.”

The money has been allocated as the first phase of the authorities capital repair programme. Coun Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, She said: “It is immensely cheering to agree substantial investment in our school buildings.

“Many of our schools were waiting for repairs or refurbishment under central programmes which have now been stopped, such as Building Schools for the Future and the Primary Capital Programme.

“Now we can deal with the highest priority repairs, which will save more money in the long run.

Beverly Hull, head teacher of Royles Brook in Thornton also spoke of her joy. She said: “We were delighted to hear this news, it will replace our existing three boilers which have been giving us trouble for several years. The authority was well aware we had been having a number of problems because of how unreliable they are. The money means however we can now look forward to a winter of warmth.”

This is the first phase of repairs and Lancashire County Council say further work will follow. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption.