Council welcomes £3.6m school plans

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MULTI-MILLION pound improvements to Seathorne Primary School have been welcomed by Skegness Town Council, despite initial concerns about the work being carried out on a reduced budget.

The plans, first announced in March, will see old buildings demolished and replaced to provide a ‘fantastic’ learning environment for pupils and teachers.

Skegness Town Council discussed the redevelopment proposals at a planning meeting last Tuesday.

Following the cancellation of some school improvement projects and funding reductions to others, including this one, Coun Mark Anderson expressed concerns about what impact the cuts would have on the work.

“My main concern was that it was a £7million project and that’s been cut down to £3.6million,” he said.

However Coun Carl Macey, who is a governor at the school, assured those present that the school was happy with the works as they stood.

Initial plans were for a complete overhaul of the buildings, however they were scrapped when the Primary Capital Programme was cancelled.

Following a period of uncertainty as to whether any money would be available to carry out the plans, Lincolnshire County Council allocated £3.6million out of its capital allocation from the Department For Education.

With this reduced budget, the oldest classrooms will be demolished and rebuilt, providing a new library, kitchen, classrooms and other specialist areas.

Some of the later additions to the school will be retained.

Speaking after the meeting Coun Macey expressed his delight at the works.

“We are over the moon that the work is going to take place, it’s great news for the school, the pupils and teachers and it’s going to make a real difference,” he said.

Other councillor aspirations for the new buildings to be energy efficient and contain community space have also been confirmed by the head of property and technology management for children’s services, Paul Homes.

The works are scheduled to begin in October and last for 15 months.