Council wins extra money for schools

Delighted Council Leaders have been celebrating the success of bids to Government to secure substantial funding for the rebuild or refurbishment of six schools in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston.

The multi-million pound bid includes four schools in Blacon – Dee Point Primary, Highfield Community Primary, JH Godwin Primary and Blacon High – all built in the Sixties and requiring either total replacement or large-scale refurbishment within five years. It also included Christ Church C of E Primary School in Ellesmere Port and Neston High School.

Highfield is one of forty-two schools throughout the country to be accorded priority status and our Council will probably be granted direct capital funding.

Talking about the success Councillor Mark Stocks, Executive Member for Children and Families said “The bid for funds was made on the basis of need and I would like to thank the officers of the Capital Development team responsible for this tremendous result.

“Whilst we have asked for a rebuild in every case – something like £35m worth of funding – we will discover whether the Government is talking about build or refurbishment within the near future.”

Capital spending on schools is one of the Council’s major strategic priorities and around £73m of council resources and government grant has been earmarked for this purpose over the next three years.

This does not include Devolved Formula Capital which is sent directly to schools for their own capital requirements.

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