£7million to improve Nottinghamshire schools

Nottinghamshire County Council © westbridgfordwire.com
Nottinghamshire County Council © westbridgfordwire.com

Funding of around £7 million has been made available to improve the state of school buildings in Nottinghamshire.

A total of 21 schools will have repairs to their heating cabinets, which the council says could potentially be a fire risk, and may contain asbestos.

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The spending, which was approved today (February 11) by the county council, is from the Department for Education, and will be spent on improving existing schools.

The final figure has not yet been confirmed by the Government, but is expected to be around £5 million, to be spent from April.

But the Conservative-led council says more could be spent because some of the projects from previous years have come in under budget, releasing £2 million back to the programme.

As well as repairing heating cabinets in older school, the money will also be spent on improving and replacing boilers, rooves, and drains.

A report into the spending plan approved today found: “Many of the heating cabinets are original dating back to the early 1960s, and though it is believed that most have had the asbestos removed some are still being found with asbestos which is unacceptable; the majority still have the original electrics within the cabinets which could be a major fire risk to the property.”

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The schools which will have replacement heating cabinets are: Beckingham Primary; Berry Hill Primary; Bramcote Hills Primary; Church Vale Primary; Coppice Farm Primary; Derrymount Special School; Elkesley Primary; Farmilo Primary; Jacksdale Primary; Lake View Primary; Leen Mills Primary; Nettleworth Infant; Ordsall Primary; Phoenix Infant; Radcliffe-on-Trent Junior; Redlands Primary; Sir Edmund Hillary Primary; Sutton Bonington Primary; William Lilley Infant; Winthorpe Primary and Woodthorpe Infant.

Throughout the county, 11 schools have been earmarked for new boilers and pipework. The council describes the spending as: “Pipework replacement predominantly affecting Victorian and turn of the 20th century sites where the ageing heating pipework would not withstand the pressure of modern boiler installations.”

The spending was approved unanimously today at the county council’s Children and Young People’s committee.