budget cuts put £6.3m new school in question
merger of two Highbridge schools and the construction of a modern
new £6.3m school in its place has been plunged into confusion
comes after the government announced it is scaling back spending
on the country's schools modernisation programme as part of its
attempt to cut the country's huge budget defecit.
reported last year
how plans to amalgamate Beechfield Infants School and St Johns
Church of England Junior School were given a green light by
Somerset County Council.
newly-amalgamated school is due to open this September and included
in the proposal is a huge multi-million pound building programme
to replace the current infants and junior school buildings with
a brand new 14-class school.
new facilities were due to be built on the current site at a cost
of £6.3m, with the new school due to open in September 2012.
the government announced on Monday (July 5th) that it has put
on hold dozens of school modernisation programmes across the UK
- and while the Highbridge mereger is not mentioned on a list
of those schemes scrapped, there is now a real concern that the
scheme will not get funding to proceed.
County Council spokeswoman Jan Hookings was unable to say on Tuesday
whether the Highbridge scheme is still proceeding.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "All I can say is that we are anticipating
a further announcement from the government in the next few days
on projects like this."
BBC reported here
on Monday that hundreds of school building projects are being
scrapped as England's national school redevelopment scheme is
axed by the government. Education Secretary Michael Gove said
719 school revamps already signed up to the scheme would not now