'Huge concerns' over plans for new primary school

GOVERNORS have admitted they have 'huge concerns' about creating a new primary school and community centre in Axbridge. Proposals to build a new primary school and use the current Axbridge First School site as a community centre were revealed earlier this

GOVERNORS have admitted they have 'huge concerns' about creating a new primary school and community centre in Axbridge.Proposals to build a new primary school and use the current Axbridge First School site as a community centre were revealed earlier this year.Governors have now held a special meeting to discuss the plans and decided to support the idea in principle but warned there are several large obstacles to overcome.A group of residents including Mayor Barry Hamblin and town councillor Paul Passey came up with the idea in response to the rising number of pupils at the school.Speaking at a town council meeting on Monday on behalf of the board of governors, headteacher Gillian Briggs said: "We have agreed to support the idea of relocating the school in principle."We are aware of issues such as costs, need for support from the relevant authorities and the fact we are a Church of England school and the land is owned by the Bath and Wells Diocese."These are huge concerns and we think they will be major obstacles."We would however support further discussion with all parties concerned."The council agreed to consider a document detailing the plans and will consider whether to support the scheme at its next meeting.Somerset County Council has said it does not have any money available for primary school rebuilding projects.Councillor Paul Passey said he had once been headteacher at a school where a community led the campaign to get it rebuilt, although it took 13 years to complete.Cllr Hamblin said: "Axbridge is in an unusual position because its role is increasing and the town is getting bigger, not smaller. The school is at capacity now and we are putting plans in place for the future.


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