Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

School Repair Cash Snub to Cornwall

news - school
Submit this page to redditDelicious

6:23am 7th November 2011
(Updated 6:23am 7th November 2011)

Cornwall's crumbling classrooms will not get a penny of government money to repair them.

It is claimed our schools need £38m to bring them up to scratch.

But ministers have handed cash to Plymouth and the Isles of Scilly instead and say the Duchy will not get any of the half billion pound fund.

Sarah is a mum and teacher in Hayle. She said, "There is some recent educational research that would indicate there is a correlation between having a new build and higher educational achievement. So the better the build the better the results. If pupils have a new build with a nice environment and nice surroundings then it's a stimulating environment, they feel important and they feel valued. If you're in a tatty old building with a leaking roof then that doesn't say that people care very much about your education."

Plymouth City Council has been given £2.5m while the Isles of Scilly has received £52,000. One local authority in London received £28m.

Neil Burden, the council's portfolio holder for children's services, said “This funding, for which the Council applied for a portion last summer,  is designed to provide additional school places in areas where there is a shortage of places and has been allocated by the Government on an authority wide basis.   Unfortunately it appears that no consideration was taken of the need in Cornwall, our demographics or where the school buildings were in need of urgent attention or replacement.

"Although we have pressures on school places in specific areas such as Newquay and St Austell, overall we still have some surplus places across Cornwall, mainly in our rural primary schools.  This means that according to the present Government’s criteria our need does not appear as great as areas such as Bristol or London.  

"Although we are obviously very disappointed that Cornwall will not receive any portion of this £500m basic needs capital funding we accept that the Government has to allocate the funding to the areas of the greatest need as identified by their current criteria.  We have already been allocated £2.2 million of basic needs funding for a further three years, some of which has been used to address the issues in Bude and Newquay. Although this is obviously not enough to build new schools, it can be used in the meantime to help refurbish classrooms or provide temporary classrooms to cope with the anticipated increased demand where the needs arise."

6:23am 7th November 2011

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
floods portreath

WATCH: Flood alerts for south Cornwall coast

It's ahead of strong winds and high spring tides

police line

UPDATE: Crash blocks A39 in Cornwall

A car's reportedly overturned near Wadebridge

Most read
Top articles

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Warm weather blamed for record number of clothes moths

National News: The mild winter and early start to spring have meant moths are having a bumper time - and our clothing is suffering.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Godfather cast reunites for 'emotional' 45th anniversary

Showbiz News: The surviving cast of The Godfather have gathered in New York for a 45th anniversary reunion.

Godfather cast reunites for 'emotional' 45th anniversary

World News: The surviving cast of The Godfather have gathered in New York for a 45th anniversary reunion.

Has Anthony Joshua been pushed too high too soon?

Sports News: How do you follow a fight for the ages? WAS it a fight for the ages? What next for both men? Will Anthony Joshua's mum get to move out of the north London flat they share? Is boxing the new football?

Newer article

Cornish Lorry Drivers Involved in M5 Crash

Cornwall News: Tributes to Gunnislake dad killed in pile up

Older article

£13m for New Jobs

Cornwall News: But government grant could have been bigger

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.