£840,000 for much needed school repairs

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SCHOOLS in Fylde and Wyre will get much needed repairs after county hall announced an £840,000 funding package.

The cash is the second phase of repair work in the county which will see £14m lavished on Lancashire schools.

Under the funding scheme, new boilers and heating systems will be installed, leaky roofs and windows replaced and buildings weather-proofed.

It is hoped the measures will ensure schools are warm and cosy places this winter.

County Coun Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, told The Gazette: “I’m very pleased to agree a second substantial investment in our school buildings.

“If this winter is anything like the previous two, I’ll rest easier knowing schools in greatest need of repairs are being made warm and weather-tight.”

Eleven local schools are set to benefit from the cash with Thornton Primary and Kirkham’s Carr Hill High School getting the biggest boost.

Carr Hill will receive £442,000 for a new roof and windows while Thornton Primary School will get £65,000 for a much needed new boiler.

Red Marsh Special School in Thornton also have reason to smile after being allocated £56,000 for a new roof, windows and doors.

Thornton Primary headteacher Stephanie Reeves said: “We’re thrilled to be getting a new boiler.

“Our school will celebrate its centenary in three years and I wouldn’t be surprised if the boiler was due to celebrate its birthday the same year.

“We did have a few problems last winter so we’re looking forward to being much warmer this year.”

Carleton Green Primary School will receive £12,000 for skylights, Preesall Carter’s Charity School will get £22,000 for a new roof.

Stalmine and Stanah Primary Schools will get £11,000 and £25,000 respectively for new roofs while Garstang Primary School gets £16,000 for new building fabric.

Brookfield Special School in Poulton will receive £17,000 for a new roof while Breck Primary School will scoop £60,000 for a new boiler.

Clifton Primary School in St Annes will receive £12,000 for roof-lights.

Mike Hart, Lancashire County Council’s director for resources and planning, added: “It brings the total spent on school repairs to more than £35m this financial year.”

Work will begin as soon as possible.