or Highbridge' to get new school in £140m boost
huge £140million schools building and improvement programme
unveiled by the County Council this week will see one new school
being built in 'Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge', it was announced
420-pupil school is to be built on the site of the Brue Farm housing
development in Highbridge, which was reported
a year ago by Burnham-On-Sea.com and first revealed in development
plans in 2014, as we reported here.
County Council has this week said it plans to build "24 new
or replaced and expanded schools around the county over the next
7-10 years to meet the demand for places from the growing numbers
of children and young people."
programme includes new developments in Taunton (seven), Bridgwater
(four), Yeovil (three) Burnham-On-Sea/Highbridge (one), Wells (one),
Shepton Mallet (one), Frome (one), Street (one), Somerton (one),
Castle Cary (one), Ilminster (one), Crewkerne (one) and Chard (one)."
projects will create an additional 2,300 secondary places by 2023.
The council says the first phase of the programme will cost around
£140m, of which the County Council will fund around £116m.
The rest will come from developer contributions and the Department
am proud to lead the Council as it takes this huge decision that
will see brand new schools built, with others extended or improved
in all of our major towns and many villages. It is a big step, it
is a bold step, but it is the right step for us to make," said
Council Leader David Fothergill.
is a lot or work still to be done, planning and consultation will
need to take place, but our plans are ambitious, they are exciting
and Im sure parents, families, our communities will be as
excited as we are."
first of the new schools to be built will be the £9m expansion
of Selworthy school on the site of the former St Augustines
School in Taunton, which will provide education for more than 120
first phase of funding will be raised through borrowing at low interest
rates provided through the Governments Loans Board. It is
the first borrowing to take place at the Authority for more than
time is right to borrow at ultra-low rates for the right building
programme and who can argue that investing in our childrens
future is not the right thing to do," said Council Leader David
expansion of Selworthy special school on the former St Augustine
site is a vital first step to help us give the best possible opportunities
to vulnerable children in our county. I am thrilled that this school
is one of the first to be announced in our building programme,"
said Cabinet member for children and families Frances Nicholson.