No cash for a new school

PUBLISHED: 04:36 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 May 2010

PROPOSALS to build a new school in Axbridge have ground to a halt because there is no money to fund the project. Teachers at Axbridge First School want to create a new primary school because it is edging closer to capacity every year as more people move t

PROPOSALS to build a new school in Axbridge have ground to a halt because there is no money to fund the project.Teachers at Axbridge First School want to create a new primary school because it is edging closer to capacity every year as more people move to the area.But officers at Somerset County Council, the authority responsible for education, say there is simply not enough money to even consider building new schools.The board of governors is due to meet this month to discuss the plans, despite warnings from the county council that there is no way it can afford to fund such a scheme.Mayor Barry Hamblin, headteacher Gillian Briggs as well as, town, district and county councillors have already discussed a new school during the summer and have also suggested turning the current site in Moorland Street into a community centre.Cllr Hamblin said: "Axbridge, unlike other small schools, is a growing school and its role is always increasing."It's bucking the trend and as more houses are built and more young families move to the area, more pressure will be put on the school. We know, however, that it will be a difficult project to get off the ground and get funding for, it's not something that is going to happen tomorrow.""If we want this to happen we have to start thinking about it as soon as possible to get the ball rolling."If the governors agree with the idea then we can start thinking of a way forward."A county council spokesman said: "There is no money available for complete regeneration projects of primary schools, and officers are unlikely to even consider such a proposal.

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