£400,000 repairs for Pendle schools on the way

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A £405,000 programme of much-needed repairs is to be carried out in four Pendle schools.

The work is part of a £10.5m. repair scheme announced by Lancashire County Council.

Kelbrook School will receive £60,000 towards improvements to windows, Primet and Pendle View Primary Schools will receive a combined £125,000 to help with carbon reduction schemes and Park High School, Colne, will receive £200,000 for mechanical works.

County Coun. Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, signed off the plans. She said: “It is immensely cheering to be able to agree to a substantial investment in our school buildings.

“I know 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.

“We have good data on the condition of our schools, but there will be site visits throughout the summer to make sure we have the most up-to-date information that will allow us to plan carefully and make the most of this money.

“At the same time, we will be helping schools reduce their carbon emissions, which is an important part of the county council’s vision for Lancashire – and schools are at the forefront of it.”

This is the first phase of repairs, with further to follow. Work will start as confirmed data on repairs becomes available, with a minimum of disruption to schooling.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson welcomed the news, saying: “The county council’s announcement follows news that two of our local Primary Schools will be totally rebuilt at a cost of £8m. and more good news from the Government.

“Despite the deficit reduction programme, the Coalition will be spending more on school buildings in this Parliament than Labour spent in its first two. But more significantly it will be spending that money more wisely.”